Pain Aging and Stories by Adreyo Sen

Pain Aging and Stories by Adreyo Sen

Pain Aging and Stories by the Indian author Adreyo Sen. Three fantastic poems for this Thursday, April 4, 2013. Art is Everywhere!

Pain Aging and Stories by Adreyo Sen

by Joaquin Sorolla


Pain, perhaps,

cannot travel oceans.


And my bones cannot break

in sympathy

when your leg

is crushed under stone.


The terror in your nerves

cannot travel so far.


But travel is not required

of the pain

and the terror

in your heart.


For is your heart not mine?


A tiny part of it

not so long ago?




is the silent heaviness

of the feet,

louder than a

banshee screech.


Aged bodies

are very audible,

their presence suffocating,

even when they are


making anger inevitable.


On the other hand,

some who are old,

treat the ground as if

it were burning coal,

and dance forever,

in determined youth.



The best stories

are like the families

that make them possible

in their slightly dated



They never end.



they form new beginnings

and each new beginning

goes out in search

of its own middle passage.


Till the stories

are like old houses,

threatening to come apart

at frayed edges,

but never actually doing so,

full of familiar sofas,

dirty kitchens

and plot lines

that are somehow different

each time we see them.


Like families, such stories

are full of people

with the same unruly hair,

tumbling in and out

of staircase margins

and changing in sometimes

dramatic ways,

the narrative structure.


They all have the same,

slightly sheepish smile.

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Adreyo Sen, based in Kolkata, hopes to become a full-time writer. He did his undergraduate work in English and his postgraduate work in English and Sociology. He has been published in Danse Macabre and Kritya.

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