ON THE QUAY OF FAREWELL

On the quay of farewell

In a covetous embrace

You gave me your heart

On the quay of farewell

You wiped my tears with your lips

You offered me your eyes

On the quay of farewell

You spoke to me about your suffering

You wanted my mouth to feel your fading breath

On the quay of farewell

You wanted me to remember your desires

Your thirst and your hunger insatiate

On the quay of farewell

You fumbled for the tenderness and sweetness that are in me

That you will never find in another

On the quay of farewell

You hugged me tight in your arms

You wanted to keep me forever

On the quay of farewell

Heavy as a winter coat

The separation bent you into two

And you shouted my name ‘Ani!’

Anita Bacha

gift of ankit

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