Give me a home
that isn’t mine,
where I can slip in and out of rooms
without a trace,
about the plumbing,
the colour of the curtains,
the cacophony of books by the bedside.
A home that I can wear lightly,
where the rooms aren’t clogged
with yesterday’s conversations,
where the self doesn’t bloat
to fill in the crevices.
A home, like this body,
so alien when I try to belong,
when I decide I’m just visiting.
~ Arundhathi Subramaniam ( Where I Live : New & Selected Poems)