When I run away, away
Through the midnight streets
Of a steel city, guarded by

Halogen eyes of Praxair towers
And dark silhouettes of giant
Mechanical sentinels,

Along boulevards of conspiring
Peltophorums in a wintry dawn,
Sighing lemon yellow flowers,

Along accidental highways,
With coke-shops and temples
Haunted by the ghosts of melancholy

Evening bells and passing orgies,
Along derelict downtown markets,
When all the cars have gone

Home, and three stray dogs
Bark around the ice-cream parlour,
While bulls and bullshit litter the desolation,

And through jogging tracks
Of history and alacrity.
When I run away…


An invisible fish subsides,
Inscribing silver ripples
on the wasted waters of the Jayanti

March moon-lotus drifts along the Kharkai
A speckled lizard scampers from 1/4
to C8, leaving a trail of click-ticks,

Confirming some unutterable misfortune
An inflamed Sakchi sky
Pitted olives, ham and peach

Linger, in neglect, on bygone
Tuesday evening shelves.
Life is a long due bike ride.


Cheap motel toilets
With white lights and
Green linoleum floors

Tea-stained blanket-sheets
Sighing ceiling fan
A notebook of Poems and

A pack of cigarettes. Each night
Death lights the Zippo
In return for fellatio.


Maybe I don’t remember
Your touch, distinct from
The lovers and pimps,

But I do.
Maybe I should claim
It does not matter,

But it does.
My skin misses you as much
As this thumping pumping organ

Now diving down to
My navel and loins in an
Oppressing Dakshinayan.

Two years of love and
One year of penance.
Now you shall find me

With white hair,
White breath and
A white pyre at Manikarnika.

Arjun Mukerji

Arjun Mukerji has trained and practiced as an urban planner, architect and interior designer. He dabbles in visual arts, performing arts, and poetry, only to indulge his whims. You can find more of his works at:http://arjunblogshere.blogspot.com and http://arjundoodleshere.blogspot.com

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