She spreads her legs wide as to mother India’s eastern region,
from her emanates – love, empathy, unrestrained compassion;
but she can also be tough, and will drown you in her currents –
if you attempt to bathe, dowse in her your unbridled lusty sins.
An essence of raw beauty, at hilltops see her in embryonic pose;
at valleys – lying on her sides as a figurine of a damsel in bronze;
from bridges as if on her bridal bed lined by a medley of petals –
strings of waterfalls trickling her black-rock tresses – as if Jasmine.
As you drive up, your sights touching her enticing green silhouette,
she gently opens up her legs wide – to embrace you into her realm:
you’re lost in scents of her long silken tresses blowing on your face –
but her white-stone lined banks keep you falling in without caution.
This morning after breakfast, we set out from a hotel in Kalimpong –
to get a first glimpse of Teesta, after a downward drive for an hour:
her lean upper torso we’d traversed – getting down from Darjeeling;
then her yellow bridge covering her hips – as a sarong she’s wearing.
My love affair with the river Teesta started when I was a girl of five –
driving by her verges with parents, to school at St. Joseph’s Convent:
I remained sorely homesick year long – crying to sleep at the dorm,
craving to be in Teesta’s arms – every night after the light went out;
to dream she’d carry me in her arms – reach me back home by dawn.