• Nadia Giordana

What They Call a Poem

Updated: Mar 6


By Impish Praniti, India


I’m afraid you might have

just twisted your pen in the wrong direction

causing it to swerve, skid, stop

and perhaps be laughed and mocked at


like a reckless driver, who’d skip

the clarity of roundabouts and speed breakers

just to feel the wind leaving frosty footprints

on the flushed warmth of rosy cheeks


like a photographer, who’d ride a surf-board

into the middle of a frothing sea, and with

one single hand, he’d grip his camera lens, and with

the other, he’d sift the clouds, push back the stars

rip open the sky, and let an eclipse

trickle from the entangled roots of blue

and as this fiery eclipse would trickle into the waters

he’d pause, and then take a snap


like an artist, who’d spend hours

with this knees digging into the mud, and who’d

still emerge with knee-caps of soil

just to sketch that dewdrop, that dewdrop midway

as it rolls down from the leaf

nearly touching the soil


like a bangle seller, who’d sit on

her haunches, the cracks in her feet

pouring with sunlight, moonlight and twilight

and she’d display her fingers, that glinted in the sun

fingers stained with glitter and glamour

the colors of her bangles, the spicy shades

of gossip and conversation, and she’d say

that she climbs up a ladder, and measures

the diameter, the radius of the moon and using

these celestial dimension, she makes her bangles

and calls these bangles divine


I’m afraid you might have

just twisted your pen in the wrong direction

causing it to swerve, skid, stop

and perhaps be laughed and mocked at

I’m afraid you might have just written

what they call a poem


--Impish Praniti, India

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