Afternoon Raaga

Afternoon Raaga

Happy notes

of the birds

a quick succession of the

high-n-low pitch and sound,

a sweet pattern


the vocals disperse

softly and carried forward

on the wings of the wind

across the streets and

vacant lots,

the natural symphony—

heard inside

the 10th-floor cage, this humid

Mumbai afternoon;

the bored inmate

first time

gets arrested by the melody

of the birds, floating in

the expanse, unframed

the fusion of kinesis and infinity

in the ragas,

the tempting—outside.

Published in on 3rd June 2021

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