Navoneil Bhattacharyya   (navoneil.com)
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Navoneil Bhattacharyya YESTERDAY AT 21:21

Free Write

In my city there is a rumor going round
That poetry resides in cafes and parks.
I live far from the green, and I'm colorblind
(Not sure which is the cause and which the effect),
So I make my way to cafes and the like
Where they serve coffee with artwork.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya YESTERDAY AT 12:50

I write for reason. 
I write of upside-down inside-out rightly wrong and wrongly right
Truths, with butter on top and bitter on tap, 
Salt 'n pepper seasoned, 
The way I see them in the dimlit unstill night, 
Feeling my way to freedom. 

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya YESTERDAY AT 10:14

Scarecrow

I spend a lot of time shooing pigeons from my balcony.
I sit there often, cross-legged, engrossed in writing poems.
Nothing can move me when I'm writing poems -
Not hunger, not errant bees, not even my wife's baleful eyes -
Nothing at all but the flutter of wings landing on my railing,
The borders of my home.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya 21 MAR AT 19:23

Twilight Drift

Tonight the moon is bright, a scarlet red -
A shade of blush, a gentle rush of rouge.
I see mist gather in your eyes,
I choke on every word you leave unsaid.

Our table stretches a hundred miles, each side.
I wish my arms were longer than your scars -
Our fingertips once knew a way across;
Now they lie motionless, tongue-tied.

The sky is lonely in its vast empty space,
The blue is lost in shades of drifting grey.
My eyes scan for a faint glimmer of light
But the dark holds us in its lingering embrace.

Poetry was meant for quiet evenings spent alone -
It's easier to write of stillness than say it loud.
Let's pretend we're just playing hide and seek -
I promise I'll come find you before you're gone.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya 19 MAR AT 19:19

Small Talk

I didn't know I was not supposed to speak my mind.
That's why I went so silent.
But, if you're saying all I gotta do is lie,
Here goes
My endless stream of words.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya 18 MAR AT 22:55

Expressionless

Unmask me.
Unclothe my emotions for all to see.
Does that make you happy, dear?
Does that help you shout for glee?
If it does, I'll gladly gift my every expression
Till I'm left with just one - this non-emotion.
I suppose I cannot part with the skin.
I fear you will not hold in your palms
All that lies within.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya 18 MAR AT 13:02

To Be Human Be Free

The man who sprayed bullets in a crowd
From the shrouded confines of a book
Because freedom came with too much of a chill
Looked suspiciously like you, me, and all the rest of us.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya 17 MAR AT 23:29

History

When I wake, I feel light. The sun has dried me out.
The hollow left curled in my grave bed fills with air, then water,
Then phosphor, red, spit, soil, and sour breath.

That's how humans are born, from the seeds of our decay.
Every generation, it's the same.

Myths live on in wrath, dreams in regret.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya 14 MAR AT 10:43

Fine, by Me

Fine art, like fine dining,
Rests on the proper placement of forks, spoons, and knives
Ready to carve in dainty pieces slivers of the heart.

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Navoneil Bhattacharyya 13 MAR AT 21:36

Faith and Me

I hold on to my religion
Like I remember how to tie a dhoti, Bengali style.
I learnt to wear it back in college.
I didn't need to except that I needed to
Impress myself
And a girl I would be with for seventeen years.
Now it's one of the few things I can still do with my hands.

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