Loving Longer–A Ghazal
by Bakul Banerjee

Should you search for a potion to make life longer
to keep on hugging his tiny body a little longer?

Should you seek Soma Rasa, the elixir, Vedic gods
drank to be immortals, more than just to live longer?

Do you wish to drink ambrosia stolen from Dionysus?
Then, you could kiss his soft cheeks for much longer.

You adore everything about your grandson, like his eyes,
below long lashes. Your wish is to watch him longer.

Bakul Devi, it is your blood that runs through him.
You live in him. Does it matter if you don't live longer?


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