Kushal Poddar

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”

Gifted Leaves

We expected a miracle.
You appeared from the cave.
A leaf fell on one’s praying hands.
The sea tunneled out those fugitives.

Then these years of silence.
It birthed the thirst.
It quenched the same.
When our father opens his old book a leaf marks
where we stopped praying and begin again.
Or where he met us.
We had another bad school day:
A red stain on my shirt, one blue bird bruise on my brother’s knees.

A leaf this old
tricks us with usual transparent magic
as if a skeleton for a festival
or a doctor-doctor set for thirty bucks.
We see it and then sun makes it disappear.

The world follows the suit.
The father.
We shake the book. Tweak it.
Perhaps another leaf will mark the following miracle.
Perhaps it will play pa rum pum pum pum.

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