The Redrafter

very version
Of a story
Is a stage
In the evolution of a memory.

Telling it again
Means telling it differently.

The raw first telling
Has the
Harsh charm
Of a diary.

The second
Is neater architecture.

And so
it moulds on.

He doesn’t know where
To stop,
When to settle on a retelling.

When to terminate a poem
That grows like a
Tumour,
Spreading, where it should clot.

* * * * *

Urvashi Bahuguna studies English Literature at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. She contributes regularly to Helter Skelter Magazine and her work has been published in Kritya and an anthology with Hachette. This is her first contribution to Snake-Oil Cure.

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