• Fragments of Desire in Delhi

    Rajorshi Das

    August 24, 2017

    Image courtesy: Rajorshi Das

    1.

    Delhi sets like embers

    Falling into the cracks

    Of dismembered flesh

    Of everyday exhaustion

    And dying desires

    2

    Why do you come to me like the Delhi rain

    Breezy and scattered

    When I pant for a memory whole

    Of bruised bodies

    Coloured and caked

    Like the softness

    Of a noisy hometown

    Scurrying past the trams

    Of one College Street….

    3.

    Beyond intrusive lights

    And shimmering darkness

    I strain to hear your voice

    Peeling past the rain drops

    Of an autumn evening,

    Calling out for the shadow

    Of a boy who once danced

    Amidst the howling hooligans.

    Stripped school uniforms

    And wet emotions.

    He remembers you not.
     


     

    Rajorshi Das is a Queer poet obessesed with the idea of love. When not cracking jokes on cis-men, he tries to feel good by giving lectures on feminism and nationalism in classrooms.

    Donate to the Indian Writers' Forum, a public trust that belongs to all of us.