Nepali Times Asian Paints

Gone …

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
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Pic: Toni Hagen

Pic: Toni Hagen

 

I read the other day

Of a valley in agony,

going up in smoke,

And smog, and fumes

And daylight choked on

some toxic gravity

 

In a distant recall

Two scores of an age,

I’d ride a Raleigh

through seven bends south,

and west on the ring

to the Stupa and back

through fluent  paddy,

emerald, undulating

 

In the wind’s breath

or up Embassy row

Past bamboo groves

in hushed green

past huts in taupe

children frolicking

on a crystal stream

to Narayan’s pond.

 

I could go miles

above the rim

and almost touch

the mint white stuff

Glide  thru’  mist,

lose the hours

and come home

exerted, elated

Smelling snowmelt

In spring

 

Soak summer lavender

lapped in mustard

Or climb that wall

broken bricks

moss cloaked and all

just to pluck

that single magnolia

because she said so.

 

That was fun

but this is now

and it’s almost gone

 


 

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