The agony of a city dweller, travelling in the spatial world and the voyage within are the concerns of Mamta in this evocative poem.
Cyclical nature of festivals
Entwined with vacation
Bursting with sashaying emotions
The initial disappointment of disappeared landmarks
Dug up roads and ugly facades
The comforting sight and smells of familiar neighbourhood
Of weathered threshold
Moist eyes and warm embraces
Careless talk and unlimited laughter
Gifts in stylish bags
Suitcases spilling over with unworn clothes
Refrigerators groaning with leftovers
Selfies storing away memories
Switching off from the cumbersome outside world
Tremors of departure loom over short revelry
The long journey of inward silence
Makeshift places replace home
For another annual exile.
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