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keede – a poem by Kamala Das

saanjh dhale, nadee ke tat par
krshn ne aakhiree baar use prem kiya
aur chale gae phir use chhodakar

us raat apane pati kee baanhon mein
aisee nishchesht padee thee raadha
ki jab usane poochha
‘kya pareshaanee hai?
kya bura lag raha hai tumhen mera choomana, mera prem’

to usane kaha
‘nahin…bilkul nahin’

lekin socha —
‘kya fark padata hai kisee laash ko
kisee keede ke kaatane se!’

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