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