The sun, suspended like a bat
on the fish-net,
fixed on the Bharali*
was eyeing us all along.
A shoal of fries,
finding us beside,
sprang like a fountain of light.
The Bharali moved ahead
throwing at us, time and again,
with the eyes of a fry.
as a pointer of seconds
on the caudal end of a wag-tail.
In the heart of that afternoon
spread out across the horizon
we lost ourselves,
When we discovered one another,
I was you, and you were the river!
Clutching onto the wag-tails rear
we remained fluttering.
*Bharali or Bharalu – a river of Assam.
Mahim Bora (6 July 1924 – 5 August 2016) was an Indian writer and educationist from Assam.He was elected as a president of the Assam Sahitya Sabha held in 1989 at Doomdooma. He was awarded with most notably with the Padma Shri in 2011, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001 and the Assam Valley Literary Award in 1998. Assam Sahitya Sabha conferred its highest honorary title Sahityacharyya on him in 2007.