The Lost Hibiscus / Poem by Swapna Behera

Poem by Swapna Behera
 
 
The Lost Hibiscus
Near the river a twisted road
Submerges in rains
and with Kash flowers
before the Immersion of Devi Durga
 
A flock of villages beyond the river
the hanging bamboo bridge
The dingdong investment
in the ether by the bullocks
 
Snake and ladder chessboard
A red Hibiscus of the hemlocks
Vibrant; sensuous
Nature’s blatant flower
Melody of jhumar with bucolic leaves
Earthen pots on her head
Exotic smell of castor oil
Beating of the drums
the rhythm of their dances
A noxious jerk in the frame
Dawn was vicious red
Hibiscus still redder
the impassionate lust
of the grinning smokes
 
Marketed in retail price
of globalisation
The last hibiscus on the sand ;
legs apart , immersed forever
in the dying river of the history.
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