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The Long Distance Lover

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 16, 2009 3 Comments

I am immersed inexorably in the pulsating drumbeat of receding time…the throbbing hours close in on me. It is time, my precious, it is time

These last few excruciating hours, I want to plunge into your soul….I want to taste you, touch you, breathe you in, feel your ebb and flow in all my senses…I want to take you in….

I want to capture the vivid colors of your being, colors so vibrant, I have never seen them anywhere else. The blood-red सिंदूर on the parting of your long, dark hair; the bright sequined blue of your आँचल; the black काजल of your dark eyes beckoning me; the deep महंदी-orange of your tattooed hands; the clinking of a wristful of gold bangles as you walk away from me…

And I want your taste to linger on my tongue…like the spicy, चटपट snacks from the roadside stalls; the sea kissed नमकीन taste that quickens my pulse; the मसाला fusions exploding in flavors; and that touch of sugar-blessed sweetness, রস-soaked.

I want to feel you in my sensuous grip…I do not know if and when I’ll touch you again…let me caress the soft shapes, the sharp angles, the brittle edges that make you who you are….let me remember you

My beloved, let me imprint you in my heart in these last few hours…

I leave with a heavy heart for I fear losing you. I need to be convinced you’ll stay the same for me… need to know nothing will ever change; that our love will be, through distance, and remembering…preserved, and sustained…

My beloved land, my sweet precious हिन्दुस्तान, my India…

…as I leave you tomorrow, I leave you with what every Bengali says when bidding farewell:

আসি.” (“I come.”)

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3 Responses to “The Long Distance Lover”

  1. Youki on: 16 January 2009 at 5:01 pm

    hope you had a great time in India, Usree 🙂 definitely looking forward to all the pics and videos you took.

    have a safe trip back!

  2. Usree Bhattacharya on: 16 January 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you, Youki!

  3. daveski on: 18 March 2009 at 7:13 am

    I stumbled across this blog this morning and the March 17 post made me think of this: http://www.indranet.org/

    Looks like some great stuff from Ivo Quartiroli, “Publisher, Writer, Breathwork teacher”

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