Nefertiti, a poem written by Joy Moitra at



written by: Joy Moitra



I was at the bar
When she came
And sat by me

Our thighs grazed each other’s
As she looked straight into my eyes
Reading criss-crosses on my forehead

You’ve been long dead, she said
With a deadpan face
Didn’t you know that?

I stumbled for words
Floundering through memories
Cobbled lanes

Really, I asked;
She didn’t answer straight
But looked at my eyes red

It was then I remembered her name
The ‘she’ of my troubled dreams
Nefertiti, from an ancient land

Nefertiti, maiden of Thebes
Nefertiti Neferneferuaten
Didn’t know you had slayed me then!

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