Kushal Poddar: poems from India

Kushal Poddar: poems from India


Heat and Dust, by J Ivory

Heat and Dust, by J Ivory

The Village in Every Map


We do not sell cheese.

The shop owner sleeps again.

Under his shop-sign- CHEEZ

a pail collects the fluid rust.


It makes a corroded sound,

a fly failing inside a trap.

We do not sell during noontime sleep.

He meant.


A worm-bellied boy asks for a coin.

He knows how to make food from metals,

promises me to teach the trick.




Passage to India, by D Lean

Passage to India, by D Lean

The Roof With A Tin Cup


A cup on the tin roof,


You rinse your eyes with it

every morning.


It goes everywhere with you,

the tot-tot-tot.

Sometimes you wipe your eyes

and they breathe again.


What breathes can sigh too.

You do not want another man’s sigh on you.

Your eyes sigh on every man with a smile.


They would swab it if they knew.

They do not.

They wave at you and ask if you enjoyed last night’s rain.




The Jungle Book, by R Kipling

The Jungle Book, by R Kipling



Feed J, he is past his meal time.

You say.

Silence. We eat.

The breads break sighs.


It has the summer wind over the wheat fields.

A girl touched rows after rows

rushing towards her father.

Silence. They eat.


Their breads pray for their future.

Feed J, you say leaning towards his lean shoulder.







The paws

lug him towards

asleep me, in myself.

The paws open my corpus.


In a dream if you see a lion, you are a dreaming gypsy.


He licks those paws clean and coils in.

Now I stroll inside him,

in him I build

a fire.

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Kushal Poddar (1977- ) resides in the city of Kolkata, India. Apart from poetries, he has written fictions and scripts for television mini-series as well. His English poems have been published in various online and print magazines all over the world. He is the author of “All Our Fictional Dreams” and been published in “Poor Poet’s Pantry: Collaborative Poems”. The forthcoming book is “Surviving Cyber Life” and “Five Poets: An Anthology”

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