Dilip Chitre
The River Indrayani At Dehu by Dilip Chitre

The River Indrayani At Dehu by Dilip Chitre

Reflect my griefRiver of loss and gainMother of blissSource of pain Make my faceReflect the skyAnd every cloudPassing by River receiveMy ashes andHold my spiritIn your watery hand ...

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The House Of My Childhood by Dilip Chitre

The House Of My Childhood by Dilip Chitre

The house of my childhood stood emptyOn a grey hillAll its furniture goneExcept my grandmother's grindstoneAnd the brass figurines of her godsAfter the death of all ...

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Father Returning Home by Dilip Chitre

Father Returning Home by Dilip Chitre

My father travels on the late evening trainStanding among silent commuters in the yellow lightSuburbs slide past his unseeing eyesHis shirt and pants are soggy and his black ...

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Determined To Tell Lies by Dilip Chitre

Determined To Tell Lies by Dilip Chitre

Determined to tell liesPeople are able only to tell the truth -Said RahmanI said - Leave aside truth and liesPeople only speakAnd what about people who don't speak - Asked Rahman ...

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Lost  Images by Dilip Chitre

Lost Images by Dilip Chitre

(For Ashay)I am backing home where you died.One year later, to findChanges that mask our surrenderTo the inevitability of life. I remember my Ambulance RideWith my friend whom you ...

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Haiku In The Memory Of Dadar Beach Circa 1957 by Dilip Chitre

Haiku In The Memory Of Dadar Beach Circa 1957 by Dilip Chitre

As the butterfly hovers near a sunsetits wings touch the sea

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They Tell Me Your Colour Is Blue by Dilip Chitre

They Tell Me Your Colour Is Blue by Dilip Chitre

They tell me your colour is blueMy life-breath feeds on your inspiring luminous pasturesAll that stands still or moves has turned into grassIn celebration of your much-extolled ...

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भोपाल भ्रूण by Dilip Chitre

भोपाल भ्रूण by Dilip Chitre

उस बोतल में जिसमें एम्नियोटिक तरल नहींदस प्रतिशत फ्रॉर्मलडीहाइड सॉल्यूशन है,भोपाल त्रासदी के इक्कीस साल बाद भी,ज़हर से मरा हुआ एक भ्रूण हैअपनी फॉरेन्सिक जाँच की रहस्यमय स्थिति ...

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In Your Poisoned Wounds by Dilip Chitre

In Your Poisoned Wounds by Dilip Chitre

In your poisoned woundsFall the shadows of burning planets The splitting breakers of foaming oceans Your invisible paths going through raging storms You spread like lightning ...

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Frescoes by Dilip Chitre

Frescoes by Dilip Chitre

Hidden in my skull are the caves where the endlessReticular frescoes of my awesome childhood unroll.Those are the spaces where the banyan trees of VadodaraVie with the neems and ...

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Prophets by Dilip Chitre

Prophets by Dilip Chitre

Prophets have lightScrewed tight in their eyes. They cannot see the darknessInside their own loincloth. Their speech has graceAnd their voice tenderness. When prophets arriveDogs ...

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The View From Chinchpokli by Dilip Chitre

The View From Chinchpokli by Dilip Chitre

A fouled Sun rises from behind the textile millsAs I crawl out of my nightmares and hobbleTo the sink. Then I luxuriate in the toiletWhile my unprivileged compatriots of Parel ...

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At Midnight In The Bakery At The Corner by Dilip Chitre

At Midnight In The Bakery At The Corner by Dilip Chitre

At midnight in the bakery at the cornerWhile bread and butter-biscuits are being bakedI remember the Rahman of my childhoodAnd Asmat's sparkling eyesPlaying carom with meAt ...

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In The Light Of Birds by Dilip Chitre

In The Light Of Birds by Dilip Chitre

In the light of birds the lunatic wakes from uncountable sleepsHis burning electric wires begin to glowBirds sing in every forest of flesh and blood The lunatic's fingers turn ...

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Ode To Bombay by Dilip Chitre

Ode To Bombay by Dilip Chitre

I had promised you a poem before I died Diamonds storming out of the blackness of a pianoPiece by piece I fall at my own dead feetReleasing you like a concerto from my silenceI ...

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The Rains by Dilip Chitre

The Rains by Dilip Chitre

Through her blood's lightly layeredHazy darknessLightning flashes out branches of my beingWhen, through intoxicated wet leaves,The sudden stirring that's the month of ...

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Leningrad, Sans Mandelstam, April 1980 by Dilip Chitre

Leningrad, Sans Mandelstam, April 1980 by Dilip Chitre

(for the poet Viktor SosnoraNevsky Prospekt )The Czar Peter opened up a window on EuropeFrom where the bankrupt poets of the future sawA mysterious navy well-armed with ...

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Flesh Tint by Dilip Chitre

Flesh Tint by Dilip Chitre

Like a painting by VelazquezA woman standsAlone in the frameTouched by the brush of lightBlossoming.How didFlesh Tint reflect Naples YellowIn this greenish blue room?What made the ...

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Kiev, Ukraine : April 1980 by Dilip Chitre

Kiev, Ukraine : April 1980 by Dilip Chitre

It's all mixed up: Vladimir, Yaroslav,The skeletons of monks in the underground church,The Tartars, the Cossacks, the Germans, the Stalinists, the contemporaries,The bridge on the ...

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Your First Lover by Dilip Chitre

Your First Lover by Dilip Chitre

An early wake-up call your first lovertouches your shoulderthe rain has stopped at lasta faint breezeblows moistureon your eyes

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Horniman Circle Garden Circa 1964 by Dilip Chitre

Horniman Circle Garden Circa 1964 by Dilip Chitre

Discarded lovers with charred eyesfall asleep on the green benchthey don't care any moreYour vision is blurredbutyou don't need any help

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