Poetry Showcase: Kushal Poddar (April 2023)


The author of ‘Postmarked Quarantine’ has eight books to his credit. He is a journalist, father, and the editor of ‘Words Surfacing’. His works have been translated into twelve languages.

Twitter- https://twitter.com/Kushalpoe

An Ode to Nothing

On the road the morning besoms
hum Horatian odes to the leaves and blossoms
fallen. The night passed belonged to a storm. 
An ant leads and follows, the marching of one.

I know what these remind and I cannot recall.
A car stalls at the red; no other vehicle
rolls from that side or from this,
but the signal stays static. 

The First Blood

You will not realise
the first born, a river 
with two blind ends, 
spreads like a lake unless 
you fly high and see 
the body of truth with the drone-eyes.

He opens the door for the house.
Others have so many chores. 
He grins, welcomes the folks visiting
and drips his shoulders when
winter ebbs, and the gadabouts 
become only the feathers they leave. 

He is all our mistakes while fishing
for truths. Beneath his rippling skin
lies desires died and secrets jettisoned.
At night he gurgles, "In me
my father sleeps with a stone chained

to his neck." You shiver. 
A swirl of fireflies ribbons 
the gift of darkness. 

You Know These Are Questionable Truths

I told my friend Amit, 
I forget what I write.
Once a reader queried 
why I wrote some line
and I vivisected like a critic, 0.
That night we strolled into a fort 
for a drink with a stranger 
who would declare 
a no-man's land between us, 
shoot-at-sight later. 

Did we? Perhaps I fake my life, 
live the lies, forget 
the creation and believe tales as truths. 


The odd couple jogging
disappears beyond the bend.

Now is a stir in the air.
Here is a giggle lost 
amidst the rain washed grass
on its thin white wings. 

A drunkard unzips his stupor,
throws the emptiness just to watch
morning reflection in a thousand shards.

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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