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Rumjhum Biswas

What You Left Behind in Autumn
Returns to Haunt My Winter

You left them then, you whimsical child
I wonder how you did it,
leaving all your memories, experiences 
- your hand picked shells, 
pretty things you had so gleefully twirled
in a bucket of fresh water to rid them of grit
before setting them out in a row. 

Did you truly leave the crumbs 
out for the birds? And, did you imagine
Hansel's fist curled 
into Gretel's, so bewildered, 
and so lost in the woods for the trees? 
There they are now  

Whirligigs of fear fluttering. 
The reds and browns sighing.

Perhaps you needed a rake 
to heap the colors steeped in smoke, 
fragrantly dispersing the chill. 
When your desires crackled
in the knuckles that you popped,
hopping round 
and round the fragrant flaming bush. 

Panting, your chest heaving 
with your breath. Your lungs' 
ether lunging forward 
as you left behind your soundless wishes
shining now 
like white night markers on black road nights. 
Rows of milestones, 
to usher in my long winter.

 2008 Rumjhum Biswas

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