Retirement

Sanjeev Sethi

 

I understand your need for crispness.

You curtly quieten me when I stretch.

What gets to me is your sharpness

about this shortcoming.

 

You play in seriatim an unabbreviated

version of your seasons with trappings

of a mountebank, stories best wrapped

in gossamer of goodbyes.

 

That is my argument against academe.

They forget. But I hear you.

My oohs and aahs fresh as first time.

It’s a ritual you and I do not tire of.

 

Or maybe, like me, you know but are not keen to put

the kibosh on my charade. Laps of loneliness swim

acrossthe unwritten pages of your festschrift. Age

does this. It tutors us to accept our limitations.

 

 


Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three well-received books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world: The Tower Journal, Peacock Journal, Rasputin, Red Fez, PoetryMagazine.com, The Penwood Review, Easy Street, Mad Swirl,  Novelmasters, 3:AM Magazine, Morphrog 14, Poetry Pacific, Transnational Literature, Postcolonial Text, Meniscus, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.