Aug 27, 2008

From a decade ago

Calcutta in winter.
From the Howrah bridge.

Image: (c) Sandeep Banerjee - All Rights Reserved

Aug 12, 2008

Postcard from Kashmir

Kashmir shrinks into my mailbox,
my home a neat four by six inches.
I always loved neatness. Now I hold
the half-inch Himalayas in my hand.

This is home. And this the closest
I'll ever be to home. When I return,
the colors won't be so brilliant,
the Jhelum's waters so clean,
so ultramarine. My love
so overexposed.

And my memory will be a little
out of focus, it in
a giant negative, black
and white, still undeveloped.

- Agha Shahid Ali