Week 1, August 2023
She is Born
By Shailja Sharma, 4th August 2023,
When a sigh is sealed in the innermost drawer
When a virgin tear is slammed by the eye lid
When a fear is too afraid to come out
When an ounce of joy spills on the entire sky
When the unspoken message is ready to push out
Just like when a baby is born
The heart starts peeling its layers-
One by one by one, and then the last
In that tender moment:
Poetry takes birth
Rejoice, she is born!
By Debarati Sen, 3rd August 2023
a moire thread
Ma performs Baba’s
after stealing mangoes
from the neighbourhood
the kids sat down
under the gulmohur tree
to taste a slice of Komorebi
By Daipayan Nair, 1st August 2023
the mechanic oils
a child's scream restores
a group of boys test
the bicycle bell
By Cindy Clark, 2nd August 2023
Any moment a word, a picture, a thought
changes her perspective
She focuses on healing
She focuses on feeling worthy
Sometimes she catches herself
thinking critically and negatively
Where did you come from little thought
She opens herself to her inner voice
Ahhhh! She thinks
Another memory to examine and rethink
Another chance to change her perspective
Another chance to heal a little more
Her perspective changes
Going to Hostel
Embarking on a new journey, where stories dwell
Leaving home, a bittersweet farewell
Into the embrace of a hostel, I tread
With a mix of excitement and a touch of dread.
An unfamiliar room, a bed to call my own
A space to grow, flourish, and be known
New faces, voices, and friendships to sow
In this shared abode memories will grow.
Late-night conversations, laughter’s embrace
The joys of togetherness, filling every space
From shared meals to study sessions deep
A community forms, strong bonds to keep.
Independence whispers in every corner
Learning life's lessons, each day a mourner
Laundry and chores, responsibilities bestowed
Nurturing growth as life’s chapters unfold.
Yet, in the solitude of the night’s embrace
Homesickness may creep, leaving a trace
Yearning for familiar comforts, a touch of grace
A reminder that home holds a special place.
But through it all, I’ll spread my wings wide
Discovering myself with every stride
In this hostel, a chapter of life’s grand tale
A sanctuary of growth, where memories prevail.
So here I stand, on this threshold new
Eager to explore, to learn, to pursue
A home away from home, a hostel’s embrace
Where knowledge, learning, and friendships interlace.
Biographies of Poets
Ishita is an aspiring 18 years old artist, a writer, and poet, and most importantly an ardent learner. She started to sketch and draw as soon as she could hold a pencil. Just like how she tries to describe emotions in her art she attempts to do the same with words. Apart from this, she also cradles other hobbies like reading books and playing chess. She wishes to become a designer and revel in as many experiences as she can.
Hailing from the city of Silchar, Assam, India, Daipayan Nair is a haiku poet. He writes micropoetry, mostly haiku and tanka poems. His works have been featured in various international platforms and weekly columns like Haiku Dialogue of The Haiku Foundation, Haiku in Action of Nick Virgilio Haiku Association and FreshOutMag. He has also published in Haikuniverse, Cold Moon Journal, Journal, Triya Mag journal, Failed haiku – a journal of English Senryu, and the prestigious monthly of haikuKATHA from Triveni Haikai India.