This music will not sit in straight lines.
by Imtiaz Dharker
The notes refuse to perch on wires
but move in rhythm with the dancer
round the face of the clock,
through the dandelion head of time.
We feel blown free, but circle back
to be in love, to touch and part
and meet again, spun
past the face of the moon, the precise
underpinning of stars. The cycle begins
with one and ends with one,
dha dhin dhin dha. There must be
other feet in step with us, an underbeat,
a voice that keeps count, not yours or mine.
This music is playing us.
We are playing with time.