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Saudade

January 29, 2014 | By

I make her ring…

My mobile screen reads "Ma", and I disconnect

My mobile screen
reads “Ma”, and
I disconnect

No longer active
Yet never dead,
she lies still.

The winter afternoons
short and crisp
dry but
smooth – I
take her up and nurse
in my palm.

I make her ring
my mobile screen
reads “Ma”, and
I disconnect
then connect
again, pause.

Ma’s mobile,
not Ma-
Only in dreams.

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Amitava Nag is an independent film critic based in Kolkata and editor of Silhouette. His most recent book on cinema is 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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One thought on “Saudade

  • Madhu Verma

    Wonderful lines…!!!

    “I make her ring
    my mobile screen
    reads “Ma”, and
    I disconnect
    then connect
    again, pause.”

    Truly, mobiles have brought people closer. Even if it is only an impression, you still get the feeling that the person is around. She is not there, she is no longer there, but she is calling… Beautiful!

    Keep sharing your nice thoughts.

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