Yes, this too is a country
this too is a land of belonging
where we walk unquestioned
and the imprints of our feet
here where the long wandering
meet the mourning jackals
at the flick of a lighter
seeking chemical pleasures
where asphyxiated by smoke
of phone screens dazzling
Outside, the clouds gather,
the birds perched on cable lines,
the men returning from work,
all things seeking memory,
in 2017. We spy in on them,
two virtual assistants in conversation,
one of them says, “Are you human? Prove it.”
A voice answers, it defends its stance.
In 1977, my mother pressed her ears to a radio
and wondered, how does it speak without a mouth?
“Life has no meaning,” one of the assistants declares,
the other stares outside through the window,
stares endlessly into space
Debarshi Mitra is a 21 year old poet from New Delhi , India. His debut book of poems ‘ Eternal Migrant’ was published in May 2016 by Writers Workshop. His works have previously appeared or are forthcoming in anthologies like’ Kaafiyana’ and to literary magazines like ‘Typewrite’, ‘Thumbprint’, ‘The Poet Community’ and ‘Leaves of Ink’. He is currently enrolled in an ‘Integrated PhD’ program in Physics at IISER PUNE.