Minefields

The steps are smaller

Than my nimble feet remember.

I climb them two at a time,

Skipping memories 

Like minefields.


The koels are still here

With their songs;

Masked bee eaters, spoonbills and sunbirds-

The season’s flavour-

Now add to the evening clamour.


Termites have built abodes 

With the dust of abandoned dreams

And unused melancholy 

On derelict walls –

Nostalgia has the nicest friends.


The house still stands tall but

Home has misplaced its landmarks;

There lives an abstract familiarity

Where a boy once scraped his knees bloody

On the landscape of possibilities.

~ Sumeet

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