That Peculiar Thing (2)


By Ritika Kaushik

I take my hands
And push both ends
Of my lower lip together
To make a bridge
For a safe passage of
Words I can’t think of

And then all it takes
Is just one blink
To take it away

And there it goes flying
To the next stop
Where words ran out
And there was a pause
Pregnant with a question
“Again, why was I talking?”

And as soon as perfect focus is achieved
On that exact point
Where the eye sees nothing
In between everything
It stings again
And there it goes inside
Like a vermin

And comes out
In the form of a question
Without a question
To its answer

But, if there was no language
Then, how would one articulate?
Like a street dog
That really has nothing to do
In those dreary afternoons
When nothing moves
Nothing happens
Does it
Get bored too?


About the poet:

 

Ritika Kaushik, a UGC NET JRF awardee, is currently pursuing an M.Phil/PhD program at the School of Arts and AestheticsJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) with focus on Indian documentaries. Starting with graduation in English Literature from Delhi University, Ritika received a formal training in Film and Video production, Still Photography Media Appreciation and Communication Theory by completing a Master of Arts in Mass Communication, at Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication and Research Centre (AJKMCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). Her student film Once upon a Sultan was screened at the JIFF’12 (Jaipur International Film Festival). After that, she had a tryst with the commercial film industry, working as an Assistant Director for the film Vicky Donor in 2011, a Rising Sun Films production, and was also involved with the education industry from 2011–2012, working with idiscoveri education in the capacity of Educational Content concept reviewer/content writer and as an Assistant Director for making R&D films for school students involving innovative teaching and content. She has also worked as a freelance writer for educationtimes.com from 2008-2009, and has also freelanced as a media practitioner.

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