Kushal Poddar

Be Radha, She Wrote On The Back

In the blue light 
one can almost see 
the traces of semen and Radha
on the heart's Stockholm floor.

"Be Radha in your life next!"
You say, as a suspended hex, 
as if that sanctifies
the act, cold tiles of your heart-locker
where love is made to promise 
an end of freewill, as if this frees 
the captor and heals the captive
and defines the four corners of yearning.

In the blue light heart can be seen,
a graph of the feeble and strong throbbing, 
signatures scribbled on the reverse
side of a social contract (Do you recall
the words of Butler?).

"Be the wick", you curse the flame.
Flesh burns some days,
and some days it lives, but without
a memory. You say, "You're Radha.", 
but it is not quite the truth, is it? 
 

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An author and a father, Kushal Poddar, edited a magazine – Words Surfacing, authored seven volumes including The Circus Came To My Island, A Place For Your Ghost Animals, Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems and Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse-A Prequel. His works have been translated in ten languages.

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