On the Karwar stretch
An unslept, weary traveler
Heads for home
Heads for Goa
Pre-dawn, the long bridge leans
Leaving the rivers of Kerala gaping.
Before Canacona station
a dump truck for mining
pauses in the sodium vapor light
uncertain where to go
I think of Sharon D’Cruz.
‘You must visit Galgibaga’ she often used to say.
‘It’s so beautiful!’
A never-ending tunnel follows
The train stabbing at the rails
On the other side
The hills range in welcome
The coconut tree
its fronds piercing through the seeping light
ponders Goa’s destiny.
The sky opens
As if a lost world is now accessible
Silhouettes give way to shapes of dwellings
Grey, pensive. cumulus clouds congregate
‘From Darkness Lead me to Light’
A guard flashing his green light.
The Netravati presses on
Its cargo of humanity
seeking deliverance from stasis.
Hills give way to plains.
A chapel near Margao station
comes into view
By the time I trot outside the station
Banana chips and black halwa,
to board a minibus coming from Quepem
to the KTC bus stand, Margao
the light is now clear.
Konkani music in the minibus.
Home at last!
I’ll take the first bus to Vasco!
(28 October 2013
Enroute 16346 Netravathi Express
Kayankulam Jn. to Margao)
Dr Brian Mendonça, traveller-poet, musician, and blogger, teaches English language and literatures in English at Carmel College, Nuvem, Goa. He is a ‘Chronicler of our times’ for the Gomantak Times Weekender. He has self-published two volumes of poetry, viz. A Peace of India: Poems in Transit (2011) and Last Bus to Vasco: Poems from Goa (2006). His interests are Latin American literature, film studies and Goan heritage. He was guest editor of Muse India’s (www.museindia.com) issue on Goan Literature (Issue 50).0 comments so far — Join the discussion