To a friend, lost and found

Writing to you after nearly two decades

feels like I’m writing to a new person for the first time.


But then I think of how

we’ve seen each other

through fraying satin ribbons hugging the wrist

And forced our sentiments through store-bought cards

signed in glitter ink


Sung in drunken stupor, flashed our first business cards

Declared marriages and partnerships

Flashed cars and kids with equal ease

And made promises to keep.


I wonder why I must insist, sometimes

on meeting, greeting, and trying-to-bond-ing

But I wrote a letter pledging my friendship

Nearly two decades ago for the first time

To a friend I knew, I knew.


Saee Koranne-Khandekar

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