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I take a train into my brain

Salil Chaturvedi

i take a train
into my brain
and there I find
mango orchards

round hay stacks
stepped paddy fields
amidst thickly wooded hills

narrow tarred roads
winding through black-soiled fields
growing saplings of a ground-cover crop
probably peanuts

i am surprised to find
deep in my midbrain
a tree with pink flowers
sending petals to a cellphone tower

(but who’s making calls in my brain?)

large parts of my brain
as seen from the train
were yellowing bulrushes
and flowering grasses
stretching out to the horizon
sometimes with short prickly trees
growing on small earth mounds

there were fields in my brain
being worked on by broken women
with magical, healing vaginas

and large herds of nilgai
sat in the shade of babul trees
watching the women

and there were endless yellow
mustard fields growing light
right in front of gnarled rocky cliffs
on the edges of small sleepy towns
with names such as  ‘Dumariya’

and on the forested banks of the vast river
running though my frontal lobe
I found a woman made of two syllables

who sat among the buttressed roots
of a giant tree, hiding her face
She suddenly got up
lifted her shirt and rubbed her breasts
against the smooth bark of the ancient tree
deep inside my brain.

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