by Best Poem
Wittgenstein, Huntington Road Cambridge
In the intimidating proximity of shadows
You want to retreat
Into the very sensations of the body
From which you had wished to escape.
But the vanishing road escarpment,
The artifice of colonial history,
Leaves you somewhat disembodied
And agitated as you reach
The Ascension burial ground.
Looking at the stone slab
Under which Wittgenstein lies,
You wonder if logic and mathematics
Have no foundation,
Then where does truth lie?
Surprised by the body and mind dichotomy
You transfigure places,
You transmute ideologies,
And create an incorporeal condition
For the spirit of things to come.
Mukesh Williams teaches English and American Studies at two universities in Japan and also writes poetry. A small book of his poems, Nakasendo and Other Poems, was published by Writers Workshop, Calcutta, in 2006. An Indian citizen, Mukesh has a doctorate in Contemporary American Literature from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on English poetry, fiction, prose and drama for nearly two decades at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He has also been the editor-in-chief of The Stephanian and was the President of the Shakespeare Society at St. Stephen’s College. He has been on the faculties of Soka University for nine years and at Keio University-SFC for six years. His third and latest co-authored book, Representing India: Politics, Identities, and Literatures has been released by Oxford University Press in December 2007. He can be contacted through his blog site.