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Before Writing Poetry

Written By Mumbai Poet/Writer Dileep Jhaveri

Narrated By Bill Wolak

Before Writing Poetry
One must learn many languages
before writing poetry
The language of shadows and scents
to know separations and absences
Language of rusted wheels and sharp arrows
to understand inertia and starvation
The language of roof holes
speaks of searches by inquisitive sunbeams
The patchy speech of lost walls
has retained the damp songs of raindrops
Winds know the language of desert and sea
and keep a constant correspondence with sand
But the language of dust
spreading quietly through window crevices
on windless nights is known to sand only
My footprints make the dust wordy in darkness
Being deaf to silence
I look for you
Poetry, are you there?



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