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U & I

(1)

My sinews are soon to be wired

My memory will be kept in a cloud;

My tooth will be blue -

Still I’ll be one click away from you.

 

(2)

On the other side of the mirror

I reside

On this side of the mirror

I reside

On both sides of the mirror—

Reside

You!

 

(3)

Let’s say that the machine

Is a man

That works

To convert

One energy

To another;

To convert

I in two —

You!

 

(4)

You know what -

I hate you!

 

(5)

I know that

The feeling is mutual.

 

(6)

What’s wrong with you?

You the one

Who can make me perfect

Is far from ...

You!

 

(7)

Let us go then

You and I -

Yeah, sure

Why not ?

After all

You and I

Are us —

That resides

On both sides

Of the mirror

 

(8)

Our hands shake

Time is on our side;

A machine

That needs key;

A machine

That needs winding;

A machine

That needs alignment

With time

That is

— in the cloud.

 

(9)

When clouds merge

They drop pitter-patter

They sound like-

You and I

who are out there -

Maybe on a tin roof

Or in a song

That is

I-tem!

 

(10)

Are you sure

We are on both sides of a mirror?

And not of a glass?

Because I can see us, you know!

Shaking hands,

Giving time,

— like in a movie machine

— all too mechanical

Where a ‘I’

Likes a ‘You’

 

(December 28, 2019)

 

Shamsad Mortuza is Professor of English, University of Dhaka. Currently on leave, he is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of ULAB.

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