Tuesday, 11 November 2008

After the cloudburst

Wet night of the cloudburst
When the floods and the traffic
Clog the roads—
The policeman
Waving his glowing batons
Muffled in raincoat—
Sodden like a seed—

Why did we argue?
Why did you hurl that unkind word on me?
Why did I respond the way I did?

I will be home at eight to a warm supper
Of steaming rice and tapioca and pickle
And you, three hours hence—
In all probability—
To pickle and tapioca and steaming rice.

We both need a hot bath before the meal
Back from the wet and the cold...

I can imagine,
You stretching aching legs under the table,
As the old dame
Ladles rice on to your plate.
A funny expression you have on your face,
Mustachios combed down!

Shhhhh… she tells you,
In a hush
Swinging out of reach—

The children,
Don’t you wake them up!

*****

5 comments:

balachandran v said...

The first stanza brought me the image of Bakery Jn.! you do have an eye for the details, maybe the influence of your profession.
There is an interesting, voluptuous, pre-copulation intimacy following.. though i am slightly confused as to who is I and who is you, when in comes a 'she' ( not the old dame, I hope! :D) Imagining the scene, something started slowly stirring... . Loved it, except for the confusion..

P. Venugopal said...
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P. Venugopal said...

Made some changes. I'm still not all that happy with the result...Let's move on, what.

kochuthresiamma p .j said...

very interesting piece.very evocative. frames pass befor the mind, one after the other

P. Venugopal said...

Thanks. It was a moment when frames and identities merged. Balachandran helped me improve this.