‘Thamel is a commercial neighborhood in Kathmandu. It has been the center of the tourist industry for over four decades, starting from the hippie days when many artists came to Nepal and spent weeks in Thamel.’


After Claude McKay’s poem, On Broadway

Hundred young and careless feet
Scuttle across the brick pavement,
Stopping at the brash windowpanes,
Below the dazzling, screaming signs.
The happy crowd with their hearts,
Glowing in the bright fantastic lights,
Bask in the rays of love and lust.
Only my heart, my heart is not here.

Bare desire, twined with passion,
Prancing with barefaced fashion,
From pubs to discos to brothel houses
They wander, under the rainbow lights
They squander—the decrepit desires
Of love and lust, crumbling into dust.
Bedazzled, I stand and stare,
Only my heart, my heart is not here.

Bibek Adhikari

Poetry by Bibek
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Written on 2017-09-15 at 08:57

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Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
Bibek, truly I am loving your work. This is marvelous.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Nicely done.

Tthis brings me back to my college days when desire and passion ruled our hearts and hope reigned eternal. How heartbreaking feels the repeated line: " ... my heart is not there."
A beautiful, heartfelt write.

A joy to see, to read this finely wrought poem. Wholehearted thanks for posting it!

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Bibek, a wonderful work.