Tuesday Poem: ‘Monsoon Town’ by Kushal Poddar

Monsoon Town

In the beginning the rain shows
the leaves, bamboos, grass
in a never seen before way.
Then we feel the grey.
A young person drowns.
The weeds colonize his lungs.

I boost a swimming cat’s spirit –
Swim, cat. Swim.
The only sport not involving our shadows.
Or our blood where the dead fish
flow towards our hearts.

In those soft organs
we keep our memories of earth.


This poem was first published in A Baker’s Dozen in August 2012. 

Kushal Poddar resides in of Kolkata, India. Apart from poetry, he has written fiction and script for television mini-series. 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 has been published in Poor Poet’s Pantry: Collaborative Poems. His forthcoming books are Surviving Cyber Life and Five Poets: An Anthology.


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2 Responses to Tuesday Poem: ‘Monsoon Town’ by Kushal Poddar

  1. Helen Lowe says:

    Really enjoyed this Michelle, not least becasue it evokes my own memories of the wet monsoon when as a child I lived in Singapore.

  2. gurglewords says:

    Such a brave poem this…the two aspects of the monsoon…the beautiful fresh wetness after no rain at all and then the overburdening growth and grey…but lifted by the swimming catness!
    Thanks for this:-)

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