Waiting room, Sala de espera

Far beyond the flimsy line stretching into an expansive horizon

On which language treads and culture stomps,

I glimpse a universe unlike our own

Where magic, drama and misfortune frolic in gay abandon.

Blinding starlight, yet I perceive, with astonishing clarity

The deep scent of crushed marigolds, like soldiers wounded in battle,

and the intoxicating lightness of fresh coconut water.

Although it would suit me just fine to dwell here, among multicoloured daisies

and perennial waterfalls,

I am reminded of what the shamans cautioned, and what I now know is true

Life in transit is an illusory realm, our breaths punctuated with exclamations

and laments,

Blessed with hopes that bewitch, comfort, and deceive.


Alone amidst thousands in the waiting room at the airport

Floor-length windows bathed in pale blue light,

I’m caught off-guard by déjà vu moments creeping up my bones

and slicing my heart ever so neatly

Leaving me dazed, perplexed even

Could strengths be weaknesses?

Am I truly who I tell myself I am?



˜ Traducción al español : Spanish translation ˜



Más allá del horizonte

Y de las fronteras culturales y lingüísticas

Existe un mundo mágico, trágico

Donde percibo, con una claridad que me asombra,

El aroma de caléndulas trituradas

Y también el sabor de agua de coco.

Me quedaría en aquel mundo gustosamente

Sin embargo, me perturba que Dios nos hechice con ilusiones grandes

Los cuales nos abrazan y luego nos envenenan.


Aún así, en la sala de espera del aeropuerto

Siento algo que se infiltra en mis huesos

Cortando mi corazoncito ordenadamente

Llevándome a cuestionar si tú, mi fuerza, de hecho se haya convertido en mi debilidad.


©Devika Pandit 2020


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