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Humour Poetry

Algae Masks

By Sekhar Banerjee

It is always easy to use Google maps

when you love to guess

a place but do not wish to reach,

as if, it is an old mulberry bench

in a bottomless sleep

.

However, you will not possibly find

this place

where I am sitting now in the middle

of autumn’s heavy late-afternoon traffic – an urgent

meeting of brown dry leaves

and some broken yellow sunlight

.

Here I am going to leave

all old latitudes and longitudes

neatly creased

and folded like a new tourist map

near the empty tea cup; in them, you may find

shadows of fish, bougainvillea seeds,

bees in November, dry deciduous leaves

and ample ember 

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But coordinates are much like our obsessions– hard to go;

they will follow

you through the busy streets in the evening

behind every pedestrian with algae masks

like numerous notifications

for one lost search

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Sekhar Banerjee is an author.  He has four collections of poems and a monograph on an Indo-Nepal border tribe to his credit. He is a former Secretary of Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi and Member-Secretary of Paschimbanga Kabita Akademi under the Government of West Bengal.  He lives in Kolkata, India. 

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