Volume 4 Issue 2, June 2020
Special Issue for Indian Poetry

Sanjeev Sethi





Familiar tropes stop over.

I clock their orchestration.

In dream, years away, touch

in slow motion freezes parts

of me and innervates others:

until beats of betrayal script

their soap opera.


I am my own Janus word.

Like a spouse hosannaing

qualities of his other half

on a public platform.










There were no ditties earmarking

our excitations. The heart sang

in joyous exuberance

each time we touched or teased.

In armory of excitable ordnance

some finespun lines sprung

which made us wonder

at sortilege of togetherness.

Beginning was a friable cake.

It enticed us to indulge

in its scrumptiousness.

Calorie bulletins were cached.

It was time to gorge,

to give into gratification.











The urge for mental acquisitiveness

pushes me

to pry into pages.

some worthy of time

and trust I endow them with.

Inhalations embellish



with lived experiences

color the lens

via which proceedings

are gauged and gorged.

These ensue surmises










Hegemony of holdings

splay on their own meter.

Serried feelings

spill into squiggles  

no one follows.


Awkwardness of being,

fragile like fume

evaporates sooner

than inflections

find their fulcrum.





About the poet

Sanjeev Sethi is published in over 30 countries. He has more than 1250 poems printed or posted in literary venues. He is joint-winner of Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux organized by the Hedgehog Poetry Press. His poem, A Factory of Feelings was voted Poem of Month March 2020 at Ink Sweat and Tears. He lives in Mumbai.

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