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Wireless Connections by Neetu

July 26, 2021 by in category Poet's Day by Neetu Malik tagged as , ,

Wireless Connections

She is 
content to be
where she is

between earth and sky
sipping coffee at a black table
in a white-walled cafe
reading a book
but not quite in the pages  her eyes wander to where
people are plugged in
to free Wi-Fi on laptops—
their eyes roam, scan the room
focused and unfocused.

She believes there is 
no presence of time
in her absent life—
hours, minutes, seconds are
there is neither before, nor
an after,
to now she is indifferent

she smiles at the woman seated
at the next table
the one with headphones—
she too is absent from the present
she too is here but not here

the smile that passes between them
a single, cordless connection.

© Neetu Malik

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Authenticity by Neetu

April 26, 2020 by in category Poet's Day by Neetu Malik tagged as , ,
I see him
outlined against the window
in a busy café—
his wool hat on the table
beside a muffin and a cup of tea—
a portrait from a bygone era
and a study in longevity.

He barely moves except to
sip his tea.

I walk up to say hello—
he looks up and smiles, his teeth
a shining white—
they might be false
but who cares?

I catch
the morning sun’s rays in
his eyes;
they cannot lie
nor fake their light.

We talk—
it is so easy to converse,
to steep in his cup,

a rich brew he stirs slowly
and thoughtfully—
I wait
in no hurry to leave.
© Neetu Malik

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