Category: NAW Poetry

‘Tricolour’ by Debadrita Chakraborty

Saffron stands for…?  The yearly ritual begins— Courage. Strength. Sacrifice. The class roars.  Thirty little born-frees waiting for a nod – a cue from her vacant weary eyes. Three sixty five days of seventy three years on her mind. She…

‘Love Child’ by Imaan Sultan

its so strange being the love child of two lands never knowing which one’s your home the children of the blue and red staring in shock at my confessions blind to my abstinence because i’ve never held sin in my…

‘Temporary homes’ by Mariyam Raza Haider

Mariyam Raza Haider

I once rented an apartment, that earlier belonged to someone else. Someone who loved lavender, as the walls of the living room indicated, Someone who liked the morning sun pour onto their bedroom sheets, While the window lay curtain less…

The Cave

Inside the cave It was cold Outside the cave People turned into bits of over burnt coal. Inside the cave The hunters hid Outside the cave People arched their eyebrows as if drawing out secret daggers. Inside the cave They…

‘Betrayal’ (For Sugirtharani) by Gita Jayaraj

You tell me that I have betrayed my ownBecause I do not write about theStruggles and the persecution.My words do not, you say, reveal theHumiliation faced by mine –Ancestors, Fathers, Uncles, Brothers.You tell me that I have betrayed my ownBecause…

‘Days of Amber and Gold’ by Swathi Sriram

Ah, the mellow yellows of the plump mangoes Your deliciousness is a heady drug’s dose You, the sober blues of lashing waves, your speed and patience last eternal days That comforting gold of the sunlight’s streak, I crave your touch on…

‘Whatever love it’s love’ by Paola Caronni

Whatever love it’s love. It’s a bonfire An autodafe’ Unrequited, Untamed it burns.   Filial, familiar. Like earthquake It shakes the house Tears down buildings Hides in the closet Or under the bed. Doors shut.   Regrettable, forgettable Wrinkled bed…

‘The making of a Goddess’ by Mona Dash

resplendent Goddess when you become we will worship you with flowers, the best roses we shall decree lotuses, pink-gold, fifty-five petals no less incense mesmerising intoxicating only the pure can visit they must fast a whole day and half pine,…

‘Lit Talk’ by Angela Gabrielle Fabunan

If you find a girl, don’t make her yours— she won’t get your obscure literary allusions, so why not give up on poets who cut lines in search of heads, top quite gone?   You can turn any word into…

‘Speak’ by Angela Gabrielle Fabunan

1 I saw the reflection of you in my morning cup looking like me. Oh Narcissus, our love of peering at ourselves is only an illusion. Do not be afraid of the edges nor the ripples in the water, it…

‘Liwat’ by Imran Khan

You strung them up together, A constellation of sin, Black suns, primitive blurs, counterparts to our purity, As if humanity turns inside Out by a type of love you won’t accept. You can’t Repress this urge for beauty killed. It’s…