Letters From Exile

Letters from Exile – IV

Posted in Uncategorized by hemantmohapatra on April 10, 2009

Letters From Exile – IV
by Hemant Mohapatra

I woke up at 2 a.m. with a start.
It was raining outside — birds
were angry, the streets full
of fire-engines — and I thought
of you after years: where are you now,
and how are you living, so far away,
with your black and white t.v.
by the window that opens up
to tea stalls, your single-bed
in a square apartment, walls
calendared with gods and goddesses
all the way back to nineteen
ninety-six. Tell me, my beautiful
loss, my hyacinth, how are you living
in the valleys of Dehra,
in that house you have made
with a young man you love.

This was the winner of the Harper Collins Poetry Prize 2008-09


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  1. Elatia Harris said, on February 22, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Beautiful!

  2. Mara said, on February 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    “It was raining outside — birds
    were angry, the streets full
    of fire-engines…”

    I don’t know why, but I love those lines. Such a picture they paint.

  3. -H said, on February 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you Mara, you are way kind :)

    -H

  4. Mmmmmmmmmm said, on March 2, 2010 at 1:35 am

    H, why not ‘what they don’t tell you’, instead?

  5. hemantmohapatra said, on March 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Mmm, I thought about it but decided to go with this one. I always liked this piece better somehow, even though I know the other one is more powerful and technically competent.

    -H

  6. Daniela Garaiz said, on March 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Very evocative and deep longing. I love it.

  7. hemantmohapatra said, on March 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks Daniela! Good to see you here.

    -H

  8. k said, on March 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

    ….just goes on to show ..how strong, simple words can be…..loved this piece..:)


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