While Bread And Butter-biscuits Are Being Baked

At midnight in the bakery at the corner
while bread and butter-biscuits are being baked
she lies on the cot strung with coirs
a pool of shadow on the warm floor
she looks at the hanging moon heavy like her new breast:
she is all thirteen.

At midnight in the bakery at the corner
while bread and butter-biscuits are being baked
she stands on the balcony watching the dark street below
moon drawing lines between her eyelashes
her breath rising and falling in anticipation for him:
she is all sixteen.

At midnight in the bakery at the corner
while bread and butter-biscuits are being baked
she lies beside him, a fine line of dust on her leg
the pearly night thick with sticky pollen
she swells like the bread at his caress:
she is all nineteen.

(This poem has taken this journey because of Dilip Chitre’s ‘At Midnight In The Bakery In The Corner’. Chitre a bilingual poet wrote in Marathi and English. He wrote his poems in Marathi and translated them to English, the flow from one to the other natural, a continuum .When he read them he infused the Marathi poem and the English poem with the same cadence and feeling that one hardly noticed where one ended and the other began. Go here to read more poems written by Chitre.

I personally like this poem, and when I wrote my poem I appreciated Chitre’s poem even more for the possibilities it offered me. I took it on my own sensual journey. ) 

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5 thoughts on “While Bread And Butter-biscuits Are Being Baked

  1. yes you have captured the wonderful rhythm of dilip chitre’s yet this has a beat of its own… the power of the floral scent is as overpowering as the yeast rising and the pollen falling…

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