Calcutta 1944.

Calcutta 1944.

A Poem by Terry Collett

A woman prefers her bed to the outside world












You are seeing the

Today, the night has


Packed its bags and gone

Away. You are now

Feeling the heat from


The open window,

The sounds from the street

Below welcome you


And bid you come and

Buy, step out, open

Up your purse, make the


Sellers happy, put

Food on their tables.

Nina has gone off


To buy bread or so

You think she said through

The fog of your sleep.


You just remember

Her back going, the

Sway of her hips, that


Wave of the thin hand.

Daughters are there to

Be wed, Father said,


Dismissing Parni

With the shake of his

Hand when she tries to


Embrace or kiss him.

You want to get up

And look out from the


Window, see the street

Sellers with their wares,

The callers, the sharp


Laughter from corners.

Nartan will see you

In bed, he will be


Angry, the husband

Expects his wife to

Be busy, hands in


Motion, head thinking,

Lips closed and quiet.

However, he will


Not be coming yet,

His workplace is miles

Away, and it is


Still only midday.

The light will be your

Guide, your blessing, the


Gods will look down on

You and then turn their

Heads away, keep their


Eyes averted, their

Judgement held in check.

You are feeling the


Warmth of the midday

Sun; the noise from the

Street wakens you from


Your slumber. If your

Father saw you now,

His hand would be raised,


His voice would shout loud,

His brown eyes would blaze

Brighter than the sun


Outside. But he is

No more. You want more

Sleep, the day will wait,

The sunshine will keep.

© 2010 Terry Collett

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CALCUTTA 1944 is chocked full of thought provoking ideas mixed in with the few routine tasks of everyday life. Great opening line ... Loved the last verse ..
Thanx for sharing!

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Terry Collett
Terry Collett

United Kingdom

Terry Collett has been writing since 1971 and published on and off since 1972. He has written poems, plays, and short stories. He is married with eight children and eight grandchildren. on January 27t.. more..