Sampurna Chattarji: Traintime

‘All writing accepts its time, its time’s rhythm, lets it permeate—as when taking a train or riding horseback—’ Edmond Jabès ‘The Book of Resemblances’

Swaying with the straightness


greenhouse glassheat time

that allows you to travel

with your back to the future

The rhythm of suspension

even as it moves unerringly

from second to second

Time full of trees

that takes the leaving behind with you

so that what endlessly recedes

appears [simultaneously]

to come along keep pace


Traintime in which all your

procrastinations can fall and bear fruit

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