Letters to R
#4 Abstract Realities and Concrete Ideas
Neruda ascertained the youth should abstain themselves from writing on love or politics; Woolf advocated experience is key. Naivety is just another disguise of helplessness. I feel abashed now. I’m uncertain if my poetry is political but I did try writing love poems.
If we’d be having this conversation now, maybe you’d snap, say, I did love you. Idea and reality are two different entities as much as they’re the same. If one abstract idea juxtaposes another, it draws a hackneyed image; same case with concrete realities - bad rhetoric. Abstract upon concrete, and vice-versa. My homeland sears in the pyres of politics; I’d still like walking with you among the monoliths of Nongstoin. Now, if I choose writing on it, will this make the poem political, or politics any tad poetic?
I met someone. Last weekend, I asked her if she could get some ‘stuff’. Difficult, but she’d try. On this side of the screen, my reality remarked, ‘You’ve lost weight.’ On the other, smoothened hair, the nose-ring were her new ideas. I kept looking at her like I gawk at blank pages most nights, like a myth staring back at its civilization.
The conversation ended concretely. A rough week — anxiety. When I pestered, she reasoned life. Abstract. Words are easier than meaning. My reality longed she’d keep talking, her ideas were different. The night kept howling. The winds kept receding.
Tonight, I edited a poem. On national TV, a politician compared having sex with a non-binary human to having sex with a street dog. In the same poem, I mentioned Brahms, Rossini, how you were the perfect sonata, I, a broken gramophone, how rain droplets pelted as hailstones the day you left. If Neruda were alive today, he’d roll his eyes over. Woolf is glad she’s dead. But I’d smirk knowing how I fail to write on both, love and politics.
Million is a number; this letter will never reach you.
The most shameless poems have already been written.
ইতি —t. @secondhandsins
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