These have become familiar.
At this age, there is hardly anything
that had not happened earlier.
There is only a change
in faces and time, places.
The smiles—some as spontaneous
as they should be, some made out
to look almost divine—are
all around me. How long
like my own needs and frustrations,
my human wish to stay together
where we are, even as everything
was what they were a long time ago,
when everything was close
to the heart, everything was fine.
Bibhu Padhi has eleven published books of poetry. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The Rialto, Stand, Wasafiri, The American Scholar, ColoradoReview, Confrontation, The New Criterion, New Letters, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Poetry (Chicago), Southwest Review, The Literary Review, Rosebud, TriQuarterly, Antigonish Review, Queen’s Quarterly, The Illustrated Weekly of India and Indian Literature. They have been included in numerous anthologies and textbooks. Three of the most recent anthologies are: Language for a New Century (Norton) 60 Indian Poets (Penguin) and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (HarperCollins).
He has also written a book on D. H. Lawrence (Whitston) and (with his wife, Minakshi Padhi) a reference book on Indian Philosophy (McFarland).