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The Afternoon

July 2, 2015 | By

A reflective poetic rumination about the strange, inexplicable ways in which nature manifests itself in the human world in the garb of an afternoon reverie.

before storm

“The afternoon falters as thunder clouds rumble and sleep emerges in defiance.”

The afternoon weighs down heavily
breathing, the afternoon is like a giant
snorting, as rain drops prattle on window
panes, leavening thought, setting aside fears.
But the afternoon also brings this yearning
of past and rainbow coloured roads, hills
with blue green hues walk across dreams.

It may happen anytime now-  the rains
or the earthquake. The afternoon falters
as thunder clouds rumble and sleep emerges in defiance.
The afternoon is changing course, meandering river.
The rains refuse to appear, only the  wind sheathes
a cusp.

The afternoon is now asleep
cloyed with fears.
Lest it rain, lest the earthquake come.

Read more poems in our Poems Section

Ananya S Guha has been born and brought up in Shillong, India and works in India's National Open University, the Indira Gandhi National Open University. His poems in English have been published world wide. He also writes for newspapers and magazines/ web zines on matters ranging from society and politics to education. He holds a doctoral degree on the novels of William Golding. He edits the poetry column of The Thum Print Magazine, and has published seven collections of poetry.
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