Hiraeth Series Poems 31-33 from Kushal Poddar

Hiraeth Series poems 31-33


The neighbor’s tree encroaches
the air space,
taps my shoulder tired bearing
the weight of my slumber.

This day will not be known as
‘The day our neighbor’s tree woke me up’.

I struggle to descend downstairs.
No sound greets me. It seems
either no one else lives here
or all has left for a celebration
I’ve forgotten.

This day will not be known as
‘The day our house emptied its belly’.

If I try not hard enough
this day will roll on and be
‘Any other day’.


Nothing noted today, for two days in a row I have nothing to report. I stare out at scrawls on the bank of the pond nearby and imagine the ducklings,

and oh yes, I have not seen the local fishmonger shove some sacks of Cocaine down the throats of the bloated belly fish .


“My son died from sea-sickness.”
What are you saying?
I shake my head in silence.
“Oh yes.” You say.
“A brain cells eating amoeba.”

I witness the absence
ravage the presence.
The misplaced memories topple
the shelves full of souvenirs
from one seaside far away.

A kite shrieks in a seagull voice.
The sky reverberates.

Hiraeth Series poems 26,27 from Kushal Poddar

Hiraeth Series 26-27


Anger sits with its piss sample.
The results displays pink.
Dream will be born
and born angry buck naked
on one bad laundry day
with the firmament greying
in one thousand minute shades.

I remember my mother died
two autumns ago on this date.
I stare at my toes while sitting
on the cold toilet seat.

Everyman can get pregnant
when the time ticks right
with the juvenile vision
to meet the deceased near
the black horizon.

(Inspired by a photograph of Chinki Sinha)

‘Revolution’ – someone has etched
with a screwdriver no longer
in use for its original purpose
on the body of a dilapidated bus
left to rot in the police garage,

and I sip my imbecile tea
latte and say, “Apparently
it takes a garage, not courage
to continue a revolution.”

The dust serpent hisses here.
Here this red dustbin
of a roadside stall spills its plastic guts.
The old comrade climbs up
on the bus without any wheels
and drives mad, drives blind.
The cookie I dipped falls and loses
its identity in the sea of my pale tea.

2 more poems from Hiraeth Series by Kushal Poddar

Poems 24 & 25 from Hiraeth Series by Kushal Poddar


The freight train of the tree leaves
hit the station Autumn.
This afternoon I desire to play daggas.

Between  the beats I lift my eyes 
and see the leaves gather
around over the hair losing yard 
and over the arthritic mower
and covering the pigeons irritated
by the doves sheathed in leaves
and into the space - sacred and worshipped
in my weekend conversation with my father
over the telephone.

I pick up the rhythm so that the vaccum
shrinks to accommodate the fall.

My landlord's ghost eldest son
whistles at his motorbike, and it
shakes off the leaves and the dust and
the leaves and the dust and the death
in this exact order.


Perhaps the boy suddenly remembers
to feed its solitary horse and begins to walk
with the haylage. There is no horse in the town.
I hear his footsteps and the beast's neigh.
Evening wraps up its business.
The pearls of the windows metamorphose 
pain into some magic lanterns of the hope.
The horse's shadow wins the bet of loneliness
wagered between it, the horse and the boy 
I hear the boots and the hooves and measure
yards and time with those and then I forget
the units and the numbers and the truths
of my calculations. Oh, nothing should happen
to the boy or to the horse in the pit of darkness. 

Hiraeth Series poems 21-23 from Kushal Poddar 

Hiraeth Series by Kushal Poddar (poems 13-20)*updated 9/13

Poems 8-12 from “Hiraeth Series” by Kushal Poddar

A Poetry Series by Kushal Poddar “Hiraeth Series”

Hiraeth Series poems 21-23 from Kushal Poddar


The country song in another tongue
drags me in, and I join, hoot and bray.
I do not know what the song conveys.
The evening rolls long, and although grey
dominates it displays streaks of colours
that remind you of your closed-door shivering;
first mensuration stained underwear and
your mother. Perhaps it is the song.
Perhaps because you have heard me
singing craps and singing happy never before.
And then there flows the shining country liquor.


The odd hummingbird returns
in that same evening – the first evening
in the new town, house, year –
inside your underwear.

Sometimes your man is not near
He sits in another dark room amidst
some packed and some unpacked boxes
waiting by the window for the shadows
finally learning to lasso in the entire mountain.

Miles apart, both the places shiver in cold.


The water, invisible and streaming,
sirens me out of the reverie
every early morning,
and I step outside, my hands bracing,
stand in the rented yard in this
one month old town (for me)
yawning and yearning to find
the source rivulet, finding none
as if the noise of the rill
and the cacophony of its
half smoothed pebbles
tell the tales of an island hidden in
my dazed consciousness.
I have given up on the people failing
to identify the din – even they can listen
to it when they stand near me.
No runnel runs here. Rain has not been
a regularity in the town
for the most part of the year for
years and years.
The trouble I bear, sometimes wonder
if this is not my mother crying
because I cannot and I need to be.
I imagine, by the next week I shall learn
to water-whisper, say, “Whoah. Calm down.
I have all the dopamine you need.

A Poetry Series by Kushal Poddar “Hiraeth Series”

Poems 8-12 from “Hiraeth Series” by Kushal Poddar

Hiraeth Series by Kushal Poddar (poems 13-20)*updated 9/13

Hiraeth Series by Kushal Poddar (poems 13-20)*updated 9/13

Hiraeth Series


The seller has included a river 
bubble wrapped - I realise
soon I open it. City's defunct sirens
announce Nine and the tide time
at that exact moment.

He has sent the item wrong as well.
I wobble and somehow
manage to hold 
the urn for ashes sent instead 
of the Floating Frame for photos
I have ordained.
I hear those sirens. My toes seek
the land inside as if 
the outside is the the new in.


Silence bows it a few hundreds
watermilfoil heads to the whim 
of the wind. My toes play with
the moist grass, and you giggle.

The abandoned mask in the mud
draws our attention. We chant,
"We can begin again. We can. We can't."
The sentences sprint in a circle until 
they're devoid of any meaning.

Imagine, from an enormous invisible bowl
I draw some meanings from the lot swirling
inside and try to match those with our queries.

We do not really imagine. Our eyes map
the water and weeds and the mask where
ends the land.


My brother's grief follows him
to his daybreak toilet
and to our kitchen filled with
claustrophobic aroma of coffee and bread.

                    Atrophied, I know him, 
he grasps for anything that may
haul him by his senses, anything
like those scents, benevolent wrinkles
in the dark cliffs of pain.

The tune our mother has left free 
in this household roams shedding
its tickling notes everywhere.

We sneeze a song. I put words
on the tune quite different
from those of my brother's.


From the penumbral cave 
of one halted building
a bunch of eyes stare at me
still huffing and puffing
from a close encounter with rain.

I disappoint them - neither
a man with money nor 
a dealer with crystals.

I have heard people take home 
a pocketful of eyes and free
them in a glass cage with cookie crumbs
pollinated walls, and on the powerless
nights watch them light up
blinking good stories from a bad neighborhood.


Near and far from the incarcerator, 
and near and far from our brother
good memories ambush the rotten ones.

What are you burning to forget?
Everything between the zilches.  
Now the one is gone. 
The code of the remembrance-
zero, zero and zero.

Did we remove all the metals from
his heart? Late evening crows scratch
the sky - that poorly polished firmament.


This the same water?
Remember the time
we went to stare 
at the eye of a spider's web
too near the water
and slithered into the current?

We had water burn 
in our lungs and
marks on our skin.
Our flesh would remain 
wet for years to come,

and even now when 
some psychotherapist shakes
our heads water gushes out
through our nostrils.

Remember? Of course it is
a rhetorical question.
The gale of one spider
blows strong and strange.
Our parents asked,
"What did you learn?"

'All is in the web' - 
would be the answer
albeit silence seemed adequate.


Window leaves a dozen leaves
on my rain damp bedsheet.
I have nothing for a return gift.

I begin to sing.
The tunes are mostly unfixed.
On a piece of barbed note
I stumble and bleed memories.

Tim's mother
made us a rice platter, and that
had a distinct rusty iron nail flavour.
The blood still stains my toilet bowl.

We sang a thanksgiving song
that evening, were thankful
to be able to leave our houses
in a not so distant future.


Someone's left the fence gate ajar;
the herd struggles to stream through
as far as possible from the bell jar,
from this ranch, rank and this rot.

In the yellow ochre storm 
one single tree lassoes for breath.
I state, "Fever runs amok, Doc 
Whenever I urinate love escapes 
my flesh - that fire, algid mold, rusty nails.

"You transgress and trespass 
the territories of metaphors," 
Doc declares, "mix and match."
A thermometer sparks like a cattle prod.
The sun sets in the wilderness of the West.

A Poetry Series by Kushal Poddar “Hiraeth Series”

Poems 8-12 from “Hiraeth Series” by Kushal Poddar

A Short Bio: An author and a father, Kushal Poddar, edited a magazine – ‘Words Surfacing’, authored eight volumes including ‘The Circus Came To My Island’, ‘A Place For Your Ghost Animals’, ‘Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems’ and ‘Postmarked Quarantine’. His works have been translated in eleven languages.