Jeeva- Ami Misra


he was a living being

and carried a tale

from dead ancestors

and a vestigial past

that was surpassed

in the continuum of

time and a Diaspora.


he didn’t remember

eating breads made of

a millet called Jowar

with curried meat or

quenching thirst with

the sugary tang of

homemade lemonade.


he had made his house

in concrete and paint,

and an asbestos sheet

for sheltering the head

but, had forgotten to

leave a little room

for air to ventilate.

he didn’t have a bath


or a toilet in this space,

but the satellites aired

white noise from across

the globe to the TV set atop

3 wood planks that could’ve

made his ailing father a bed.


© 2013 Ami Misra.  First published by RaedLeafPoetry-India 2013.


Ami Misra

Ami Misra is a fellow at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She works on gender and food security related issues. When she’s not at work, she spends her time writing poetry, doodling, brooding over feminism, and deciding the battles she needs to pick for life.