Poem a Day – Mumbai III

I’ve committed to writing a poem a day for the month of April as part of National Poetry Writing Month.


21st April


Mumbai is … (part 3)

The washing

of a million people

hanging out to dry

under a polluted sky


a city touting

tours, ferry rides

garlands, pashminas

snapshots of you in front of a temple


a woman in a sari

motorbike side saddle

clasping her shopping

tighter than her husband


cricket on every ‘madan’

watched intently

by young men

under hessian shelters


a city unboundaried



a city of perpetual motion

copyright Mike Hopkins 2012

4 thoughts on “Poem a Day – Mumbai III

  1. you certainly make India come alive, Mike, in these snapshots: I love the one about the cows particularly; the only association I have with India are the cab drivers many of whom come from the Punjab, though interestingly I had one from Iran this week

  2. Hi Mike, sorry for the lateness in commenting (we’re just back from dinner with friends).

    I love the visual of washing hanging out. It’s such a universal, visual image (and I have a thing about laundry, but that’s another story/poem!).

    And I love the way this piece moves from that domestic image to the final physics one, of perpetual motion. Great stuff, India brought alive.

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