Three Dark Poems by Kushal Poddar: “An Ode to Nothing”, “The First Blood”, and “You Know These are Questionable Truths”

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 lines
and I vivisected my love like a critic. 

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 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. 


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“Little Girl Blue” Poetry by Prithvijeet Sinha

Hush! she is a spirit of fine fettle
clad in whole nine yards of mystique,
haunted by a gossamer fabric of heresy.
Maligned in her charm
The halo of an apparition, 
she unfurls her midnight legend.

They say those Gothic figurines
register her presence.
Bylanes wallow in her dimming halo,
barks and howls are overpowered
as she marks her spot,
Her abode in the banyan tree's shadows.

The Blue Lady denounces articles of faith.
In these summer crests,
she sleeps on orphaned railway tracks. 
Is teased by Dilkusha pebbles,
with mongrel squeals her consolation.
Is seen by the teenaged runaway,
flashing green eyes from train compartments. 

Hush, here she springs a surprise,
eyeing a more mortal desire.
That curious commoner on a bicycle
He is the one she fancies,
a mortal lust seen in flesh and blood.

the Clock Tower touts her hour,
Blue Lady declares her midnight manner.
A misunderstood wanderer,
groping his dusky instincts.

Both glisten in the river's pure nocturnal depths.
Twin spirits of fine fettle,
marking this rendezvous since years two-score.


Mr. Sinha notes: DILKUSHA: an area surrounding my school La Martiniere and situated in the heart of my hometown Lucknow.

This poem originally was self-published by the writer on his Wattpad poetry collection WHISTLING CHIMES in 2015.

The writer’s name is PRITHVIJEET SINHA from Lucknow, India, a proud member of the faculty of ENGLISH AND MODERN EUROPEAN LANGUAGES, LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY . He is a post graduate in MPhil, having launched his writing career by self publishing on the worldwide community Wattpad since 2015 and on his WordPress blog AN AWADH BOY’S PANORAMA besides having his works published in several varied publications as GNOSIS JOURNAL, READER’S DIGEST, CAFE DISSENSUS EVERYDAY, CAFE DISSENSUS MAGAZINE, CONFLUENCE, THE MEDLEY, THUMBPRINT MAGAZINE, WILDA MORRIS’ POETRY BLOG, SCREEN QUEENS, BORDERLESS JOURNAL encompassing various genres of writing ,from poetry to film reviews, travel pieces, photo essays to posts on culture .His life force resides in writing.
His two poems DREAMS and WISH UPON A STAR have been published in a children’s anthology titled NURSERY RHYMES AND CHILDREN’S POEMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD recently, edited by ANITA NAHAL and MEENAKSHI MOHAN, also available on Amazon Books.