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Verge 2013: Becoming


Urvi Majumdar

Like the clouds that wane at the arrival of dusk

my father’s wrinkled forehead creases.

When he counts the coins in his pocket

diseased pigeons scurry with bald wings.

His eyes insist on laughing before his mouth

with the warm static of an old TV screen.

He carries a handkerchief in his old suit – always

our withered roses refuse to die.

And when he snores with uneven breath

one by one the floorboards release their nails.

Verge 2013: Becoming

   by Peter Dawncy and Camille Eckhaus