Vignettes of a South African Township called Mdantsane

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Buffalo Flats


buffalo flats enters a salient draft
winds of a change
and the same old suffering respite
i have nearly forgotten caring
many years after the election
a sun remains indifferent here
an afterspirit of dancing
colors of a twinkle
like all those shades of years
since i left
buffalo flats is a thought
in these mermaid nights
long after they fall in
adjacent grey patterns
long after the girl sang of unforeseen
holding you
in lips
would also be
a thought
so far from you.

Buffalo Flats is a colored area of East London

Poem and Watercolor by Amitabh Mitra

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Old Delhi Cafe


this happened again
on a strangecafenoon
river days flew where a distance
left a crooked wind
a lone fort gaunt
daring again to remember
memories stuck to mirrors
we had seen each other so
often then
cups, glasses and lips
all together

and in the midst of a forest
our eyes
once again rode
many a writhing
voices staged suddenly
where i had once touched you


Poem and Watercolor by Amitabh Mitra

Thursday, February 3, 2011