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Tales Yet To Be Heard

By Nishi Pulugurtha

Green, blue, faded window slats
broken here and there
the windows tell tales.
hanging in places
bricks show, the masonry reveals
tales yet to be heard.

Rusted iron railings
Seem to merge into each other,
trying to hold on
with patterns that weave
stories known and unknown
that strike the eye
And remain as I move away
to look back.

The serpentine lanes –
where the buildings fall onto one another
holding on
as they have been for years –
that I walked down
one morning
was speaking, this time loud and clear.
This time,
I heard them all.

Painting: Saatchi Art

Bio:
Nishi Pulugurtha
is an academic and creative writer based in Kolkata. Her work has been published in various journals and magazines. Her publications include a monograph on Derozio (2010), a collection of essays on travel, Out in the Open (2019), an edited volume of essays on travel, Across and Beyond (2020) and a volume of poems, The Real and the Unreal and Other Poems (2020). Her recent book is a collection of short stories, The Window Sill (2021) and a second volume of poems is forthcoming.

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For more stories, read Café Dissensus Everyday, the blog of Café Dissensus Magazine.

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