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A Bunch of Flowers

A Poem by:

Shimanta Bhattacharyya

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                      Hustled, prodded and packed

Like a flock of sheep

Into the long, narrow aisle of a jetliner,

They queue up to their assigned seats

Fighting time, excess baggage and the grime

Of rootless years stamped on their faces.


                       All sense of this mad rush

Will soon be washed down with immodest sips of whisky,

All explanations brushed aside—

Like the smooth-scented paper napkins

Dispensed to preserve what little there is left

Of human company.


                      Suddenly in the midst of it all,

Somebody soundlessly wafts into the picture

In a rain of glances.

Hugging a bunch of flowers to her bosom,

She glides down the aisle

Coolly conscious of the confusion around her.


                      Sheltered in the eye of a storm,

She slips in and out of the crowd

Expertly shielding her prized possession

From the relentless onslaught of pressing bodies.

Ah, somewhere somebody is waiting. Somebody beyond

The metallic banshee of jets. Somebody who cares.


Shimanta Bhattacharyya
Copyright © 2005

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