Two Poems by Mallika Bhaumik


Hiraeth


Your voice thin and frail is 

the sweetness of Bengal winters in small earthen pitchers of date palm jaggery,

long cravings; sealed.


Your sunken cheeks fill up my laptop screen,

small dose of happiness,

globules of your homeopathy medicine.

The burden of hearing often makes you 

smile words....

I smile back, sad and resigned, 

your endless nagging is now a forgotten art.


My adulthood is full of linear logic and

to do lists

in a distant land where smell of home is a part of a memoir, 

bubble of a song rising in the heart.

Time has left its ripple on your skin

your breathlessness, dim retina, your age 

come as a concern, 

I carry your smile as I crawl back into myself 

to become a ten year old once more,

checkered skirt and ponytails, 

the sound of school bell

and rush of running shoes, 

your tall lean frame waving at me,

my endless prattle under the blue umbrella 

as we walk back home 

in the rain.


Hiraeth is a Welsh word which means a deep longing for a home that might or might not exist



love letter


Far away in time, in a quieter world ,

a love letter was written with clay baked words 


the winds blowing over the land between the two rivers carried their breath


the whistling desert wind blew away some of the alphabets 


some words chased the dandelions 


yet it travelled through the eons to reach her address


the brine of the Arabian sea caressed her face


the mulmul laheriyan dupatta rippled over her skin 


her lips opened, the warmth of the words probing her mouth 


open fields, granaries, spice markets, mosques, minarets dissolved in a while 


language sprouted and language died, 


cities and monarchs rose and faded with time.


The words unfurled and bloomed 


a bed of damask roses,


their musk wafted and filled the room.


An ancient word glowed on her laptop screen 


~a pictograph (cuneiform) of a flowerbed. 




Cuneiform: Ancient pictorial script of Sumeria, Mesopotamia 


mulmul: a type of fabric 


lehariyan: a kind of wave like pattern done on fabric found in India









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mallika bhaumik said…
Thank you