Jayanta Mahapatra

22 October 1928 - / Cuttack / India

The Indian Way

The long, dying silence of the rain
over the hills
opens one's touch,
a feeling for the soul's substance,
as for the opal neck
spiralling the inside of a shell.

We keep calm; the voices move.
I buy you the morning's lotus.

we would return again and again
to the movement
that is neither forward nor backward,
making us
stop moving, without regret.

You know:
I will not touch you, like _that
until our wedding night.
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