Monday, February 10, 2014

Let Me Know

I will see you in Dhanaulti, or
   when you come by Delhi again
,
Let me know.

When you feel like hearing the roaring waterfalls again
   to hear the bleating of mountain goats,
   to smell tinder burning in the sun-drenched huts
   with ripe pumpkins bloating on their roofs,
Let me know.

When you have sudden urges to meet Abdul
   who we haven't met for years – we wonder
   if he still sells tea at the town balcony

   overlooking the knackered town they lovingly call home
Let me know.

Let me know,
   I could get a cheap flight,
   get a seat stuck between a crying baby and
   an off-mooded mother,
   listen to airline instructions over and over again,
   wait in line for trains,
   hail down a dusty rattling bus,
   vomit up my morning's oily cheap lunch, 
   walk through non-descript towns
   and forget it all as soon as I see
   you and Annapurna (8091m above sea level)
   basking in the sun,
   morning or evening or noon, it doesn't matter.