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This poem by Agbaakin dissects the anatomy of hope and the sacrifices involved in wanting to live again in a world haunted by blood; which is letting go all hurts and dark memories.

The Rohingya Girl

Saikat Das’ poem presents the flickers of hope that is still there in the Rohingya community, typified in a little girl amidst the death, desolation and destruction of the entire community by forces antithetical to basic human values.

The Bud & the Bough

A new bud blooms on a bough. A new life comes to the world with hope. This poem by Parminder Singh contrasts the role played by ‘hope’ and ‘expectations’ as a new life enters the world.

You, Me, Love and Questions

Could there be questions on love? Well, why not? Anupama Krishnakumar’s piece captures some.

Waiting

When all is well in love and suddenly, things take a different turn, a young bride is left waiting. M. Mohankumar pens a poem.

Over the Phone

Saikat Das’ poem is an intimate monologue of a husband who tries to win back his estranged wife and discovers the love that still flows underneath the rocky texture of their mutual distrust. It is an invitation to rediscover the world of romance that lay buried in the power play of conjugal discourse.

Last Night

Shreya Ramachandran writes a poem that attempts to capture the difference between life as it is and life as you sometimes wish it were. It explores the tension between trying to be fine and experiencing a tiny regret that comes with feeling an absence.

Fragrance

A lover sees a bit of his love in everything in him, oblivious to the sights around. Malcolm Carvalho’s verse tells you more.

How to Conquer Chutney

Don Mihsill’s poem uses food as a central trope to explore the inherent “issues” in cross-cultural relationships. It contextualises this in an exploration of a scene of ‘meet-the-in-laws’.

The Escape Act

A young man high up on an old banyan tree… what could he be up to? M. Mohankumar’s poem captures the man’s escape act.

Ha Ha…

Balu George writes a poem describing an incident that took place between him and his niece.

Edwin

Saikat Das’ poem talks about a lonely old man that a boy spots every day on his way to school and who he calls Edwin.