Between the Words
Assistant Professor of English
Mithibai College, Vile Parle West,
Mumbai – 400056
I tread the silent spaces
blanks between the words
in our messages.
not really like Derrida,
just the context of our measured words.
I reimagine them in other spaces,
like a coffee shop
over a book of Japanese haikus,
or in the car
with a Hindi song playing loud,
and the words being said louder,
or in a room with the curtains closed
and the darkness hanging in between us
while it is all light outside.
Would all these words then sound different?
Would the spaces be more close
or more distant between the words?
Would it bridge the spaces
between you and me?
Or would it be just words hanging in the air?
palpable but not visible.