Fall 1984 • Vol. VI No. 4 Six Poems, Three PoetsOctober 1, 1984 |

Dissolving the Boundaries

Book report: Have you read R. K. Narayan's The English Teacher?You may recall, it's about a man's adjustment to living with his wifeAfter he's gotten used to solitude. At first he treats herAs a nuisance. Then he begins to defer to her. Would she likeA bigger house? Too late. She dies. This is IndiaBut it's the same as here. Everyone expects him to remarryBut he doesn't. Instead he finds that if he can think of herWith the right sort of receptive mind, her thoughts can carryMessages across the death barrier. And at the endShe's sitting on his bed in her sky-blue sari. It's strangeBut not so strange. It takes a certain effort to bendBut then there's a fusion. I found the story beautiful. People are ashamedTo love so exclusively. Be tough, they say. Accept your losses.Life is just a stagecoach ride, and your lovers are the horses.

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