About the Author:
Debarshi Mitra was born in Durgapur, West Bengal, in 1995. He did his schooling in Barrackpore (Modern School) and New Delhi (Don Bosco School). At present, he is pursuing his undergraduate degree in Physics from Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Debarshi started writing when he was in eighth grade and his work was featured in different school publications. In college, his writing has appeared in several anthologies, including Kaafiyana.
There is more you said
than the matter-of-fact,
that entire lives are preconceived
by the revolving orbits in space
moving in mathematical trajectories
around a flickering sun,
tracing out ellipses in the dark,
alighting destinies, unlocking a door
of which the other side was always known.
I do not question faiths,
faith’s absence stings me.
I watch as you cross the street
sure of the signs, the vehicles moving,
as if there was nothing to stop
you getting to the other side
where a small boy, bare-chested, holds up a newspaper.
“Is it today’s?”, you ask,
he stares back at you
as if to solicit an answer.