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Outside my hostel room window
is where the pigeons perch
at the onset of twilight.
Under their wings, at a distance,
I see the city and the hills beyond,
their edges marked by oblique sunlight.
For a brief while, they hold their breath
ready to launch themselves in thin air,
and perhaps time warps a little then
indenting the tangled contours of my memory.
I see them contemplating stillness
day after day, at this time,
catch them dreaming mid-flight,
a corner of their eye
holding an unmapped sky.
Debarshi Mitra is a 21 year old poet from New Delhi, India. His debut book of poems ‘Eternal Migrant’ was published in May 2016 by Writers Workshop. He has previously contributed to anthologies like ‘Kaafiyana’ and to literary magazines like ‘Typewrite’ and forthcoming in other literary endeavors. He is currently enrolled in an ‘Integrated PhD’ program in Physics.

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