We’re excited to publish this poem by Boudhayan Nag from the School of Law – Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
About Boudhayan: “If I had to, I’d describe myself as a pretentious wordsmith in search of the next surrealist checkpoint under the hand embroidered patterns in my head.”
Syllable Syllabi Every fourteen years the world changes The beginning or end of the time period, irrelevant It is merely the length of an era A span of childhood Some people remain children forever others grow up before the seventh summer of their lives What is the distance between your past and present? Asks the meta-matician tasked with teaching me the eons The singular tune of a songbird is only half of all music The other rests on the shoulders Of a card-carrying Kapellmeister I deal in nomenclature When words lose their meaning I stand over their graves watching, waiting for a new beginning The beauty of definition is that it cannot lie For in its depths, it carries the heart of the word The first feature film to be shot on mars required actors to wear anti-gravity boots so, they didn’t shoot off frame every day. I only took care of makeup Underneath their helmet they were on a Parisian catwalk No atmospheric pressure, just the collected calm of forever around them The last time I drifted out to sea we spacewalked to the edge of the world When we fell right off the last thing I saw was the blush on her cheek I want to live in a world where metal has no meaning Liquid gold is coffee on the rocks Below us a decompressed spinal cord waves its tail at our surgical incompetence No one wants to be a caffeinated beverage And yet we are all a means to an end The final rush of blood to stick to a deadline derived from the discovery of a Moroccan Sufi mystic How can you survive in a world, where doing right is wrong most days of the week We cannot break through the tradition of fear without a little indifference I was trained in a Platonic cave The superhero of revenge stuck in an allegorical epileptic fit governed by a candlestick pattern. Boudhayan