Rag-Picker

by Bibhu Padhi (May 2013)


Give me back my rags 
          --
  Vasco Popa


You are the morning.

The moment I go out,

the smell of your skin and possessions

pervade the invisible air.

The stainless glass you hold

is sufficient for tea,

my first broth of the day,

your real hunger.

How quietly you bring it out

from your sack of miseries

so very mysteriously!

The spring breeze is enough

for the day, while

the wild grass bends under my feet.

And, as I look for you,

your look confirms

my life for the day.

Bibhu Padhi's seventh book of poetry, MIGRATORY DAYS A TRAVEL DIARY IN VERSE, was published in 2011. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, the most recent being THE HARPERCOLLINS BOOK OF ENGLISH POETRY (2012). He lives in Bhubaneswar, India.

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