The Transfiguring Places

Udaipur in February - Foto di Clara Nubile

Udaipur in February 2 - Foto di Clara Nubile 


You left me sunset, the light
Of the polestar; to save me from summer
You left me the north, a strip of land
In that sad direction

To which I'm always returning. Among
Such articles I inherit, the gift
I brought you, a pair of socks, one size
Too big, for that is how fathers

Appear to sons, grown old themselves
In rented houses far from home.
I look at your hiding places again:
A shaving mirror; an aunt's profile.

("The inheritance", Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, The Transfiguring Places - 1998)

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