This comment is for Chitre's poem Flesh Tint. Ekphrasis is poetry influenced by art work. Or, it can be art created yhrough poetry. Chitre goes much further here and becomes the poetry artist blending the human with flora and fauna and seeing importance in it all. Western Ghats is mentioned in this poem. It is on the west coast of India and is on the World Heritage List. Its surreal blues and greens and spectacular wildlife give a canvas of global respect and concern to this poem.
The piano in this poem could be symbolic of the need to express oneself, family, history and connection whether good, bad or both. It could also be metaphoric of the coffin. The diamond would possibly be the perpetual of the crematory ash the poet infers by the term pieces in this poem. It is known pressure hones diamonds, weight. The poet expresses exemplar after exemplar, the weight of Bombay. One of Chitre's best poems.
The concerto in this poem is the poet's life and/or life force. The piano is highly symbolic in this poem. Pianos can symbolize family, history with all of those commiserate connections. It can be a black symbol of the coffin or death. It can also be the need for expression, the longing to communicate. The poet may have felt in this poem, Bombay was so much a part of his life experience it took from him instead of gave, it controlled him. The tiny pieces of himself the poet discusses could be ashes / and or the undoing of life. But, it burning embers, his firey death has made him as diamonds from coal in his impending passing. He discusses ascension through cremation in an inferential manner.