Friendship Fortnight 2020: This Could Be Enough

ff20x We close our Friendship Fortnight poetry festival with this poem by Arundhathi Subramaniam.



This Could Be Enough

by Arundhathi Subramaniam


We are warm with Mojitos
and your stories of Poland

and your verities about men
who fear intimacy.

This sisterhood could be enough
and still it isn’t, we know.

And those men —
the ones that fear intimacy

and the ones that don’t —
they won’t be enough either.

But this evening
of muddled longing and rage,

your laughter acacia
and honey,

me in my red skirt,
you in your linen smock,

the man at the far table
glowering in lust,

the ditsy waiter
(his gaze greened by a memory
of rain holidays in Mangalore),

the embrace
of this gently hysterical city,

and the hours deemed happy
by the gods
of Tuesday night,

is all we really need to remember.

Ten years later,
and maybe sooner,

we won’t ask for more.

[from Love Without a Story, Westland Amazon, India 2019]

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