Sun and Soul
All round me are words, and words and words,
today the world is a little more my own.
I don’t know politics but I know the names,
it was hot, so hot, before the eunuchs came.
What is this drink but The April sun–
getting a man to love you is easy,
he talks, turning a sun-stained.
This is a noon for beggars with whining
of sun, burning in today’s.
At sunset, on the river ban—
It smelt of new rains and of tender.
The night, dark-cloaked like a procures–
of late I have begun to feel a hunger
How can my love hold him when the other
bereft of soul.
There is a house now far away where once,
this love older than I by myriad.
Fond husband, ancient settler in the mind.
Source: A first line single author cento composed from the lines of Kamala Das’s selected poems.