From My Room


I look out.
The window-front-view is not still.
It is at the very point –
Where the sky is getting larger and larger.
There are these colours of red and ash,
Making the passing clouds look like:
Smouldering pyres.


As if, fit to drop,
The evening sun is a bulge
Of quiet grief.
No matter what,
For its whole life,
Has the sun not burnt itself:


Why doesn’t the sun close-down, altogether?
I am looking out.
I am looking within.
Grief is binding all situations
Of my life.
Grief is at the very point –
Where I am a smouldering pyre…



The Taj Mahal Hotel
New Delhi
December 2012


Geeta Chhabra

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