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Today Is Not My Birthday

July 10, 2014 | By
You followed me everywhere, on the broken rainbow and the stilted waterfall,

You followed me
everywhere, on the broken
rainbow and the stilted
waterfall,

I never asked you
to wish me luck,
or, to hold my hand
in the darkness of the city,
I never cried as I treaded alone
inside the room
to open the windows,
that lead me to the caravan
of ants and deceased forefathers

And,
I never begged you to
love me.

You followed me
everywhere, on the broken
rainbow and the stilted
waterfall, the placid mournings
of a crowded market place, to the
songs of a blind nightingale –

the placid mournings of a crowded market place

the placid mournings
of a crowded market place

I could feel you breathe
down my back

And yet,
I never begged you to
love me.

As the last trains
stammer on their way home,
I just wanted you to come out
of my shadow,
look at me, whisper
“How have you been, this long?”

Amitava Nag is an independent film critic based in Kolkata and editor of Silhouette. His most recent book on cinema is Satyajit Ray’s Heroes and Heroines published by Rupa. He has also authored the acclaimed Beyond Apu: 20 Favourite film roles of Soumitra Chatterjee published by Harper Collins India. He also writes poetry and short fiction in Bengali and English – observing life in a platter.
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