Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cartography

Illustrating a map
is an exercise in diplomacy.
After neatly following black flowing lines of political propriety,
my hand begins to itch after a while
and I ask myself
where, for example, does India end
and Pakistan begin,
and what do I do about China's persistent butting in?

Is Antarctica ever anything but white,
I wonder,
and how do the Chechnyans sleep at night?
Does the isle of Taiwan get its own colour
and will Israel eventually manage to get it right?

In an act of absolute anarchy
I pick up my eraser-ing tool
and wipe away all those border conflicts
that have angered you and worried me so.

The continents are now just islands -
large, intricate masses of white
surrounded by deep blue mysterious oceans
reflecting clouds, the stars
and generous astronomical light.

It's a sunny kind of day today,
and I'm in a benevolent mood
if I could go back to Babel
and leave alone the sky-reaching tower,
I'd wipe out the languages too.

5 comments:

Aneeta Madhok said...

Me too!
I wish Polverigi is in Bandra so I could give you a good hug!

Deven Sansare said...

Love it.

jazzlamb said...

I'm glad I read it before sleeping. It's absolutely hug deserving:)
* hug *

Ruchita said...

awww
hugs hugs and hugs

gunj said...

The poetry is changing its style..:)
I like...
Hugs!

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