Kushal Poddar

Love and Death In The Time When Time Existed

Just ahead of wintertide moths, flies
and insects, so puny that their beings live
a hundred lifetimes in a jiffy,
swarm in our chronotope and coronate
our lamps with halos dense and light,
and our shadows lengthened by time
remind them of the eclipse
before this last laugh, before the earth hibernates in white.

Today a handful of days shy of the winter
I gather the corpses, cast them in our garden;
cicadas mourn until black wanes;
my hand returns to your side of the bed;
a fresh surge of insects circles the glow and after-glow,
avoids our undulating shadows.

Kushal Poddar has been featured amongst the poets for the month December by Tupelo Press, Vine Leaves Literary Journal’s Best of 2014. He presently lives at Kolkata and is the editor of the online magazine ‘Words Surfacing’. He authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island’ (Spare Change Press, Ohio), “A Place For Your Ghost Animals” (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs), “Understanding The Neighborhood” (BRP, Australia), “Scratches Within” (Barbara Maat, Florida), “Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems”  (BRP, Australia), “Eternity Restoration Project” (Hawakal Publishers, India) and Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse – A Prequel (Alien Buddha Press, Phoenix).

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