Week 1, February 2024
byGeeta Varma 5th February 2024
On the walls
Lengthen, circle, bend…
As we move around.
Grandma’s tales are over.
A large hand approaches,
Picks up the lamp,
The ceiling brightens,
As the light moves
Into the darkness of the night.
More Poetry is Needed
Light & Shadow
By Neena Singh 7th February 2024
In the dance of Nature’s embrace,
Light and shadow hold their place
Golden rays paint a canvas so bright
Shadows whisper secrets to the night.
Sunset hues are a symphony of delight,
Ushering the dark is this fleeting sight.
The golden moon and branches play,
Casting shadows that in mystery sway.
Light reveals, shadows veil the unknown,
A delicate balance strikes the world’s zone.
In every contrast, our life’s story is spun,
Light and shadow stay forever as one.
by Paul Callus 8th February 2024
in their relationship
across the dunes
a seagull’s shadow
another grateful visit
to his donor’s grave
by Pravat Kumar Padhy 9th February 2024
Ripples of clouds
gather on the horizon
the early morning sun
about to shine
the waves of my dream
over the pristine river
a sudden storm
uproots the tree laden with hope
filling the void with shivers of cold
An art of love
of the bright sculpture
near the shore
as though the waves of passion
climb up only to break and return
across the tall grass field
I could feel
in my loneliness the urge within
of springtide I miss
on my thirsty lips
the winter evening continues
to scrub the splintered memories
A crescent moon
at midnight edge …
I walk alone
rewinding the time
of my vanished dream
the weathered trail
solemnly I wish
the new sun hitherto to shine
for the lone tree to bloom again
Biographies of Poets
Geeta Varma is a poet based in Chennai. She has worked as a teacher and freelance journalist for some time. She has to her credit two books of poems and is a regular contributor to a few online magazines. She lives in Neelankarai with her husband Shreekumar Varma and has two sons, Vinayak married to Yamini, and Karthik.
A Touchstone nominee in the Shortlist for Individual Poems in 2021, Neena Singh is a banker turned poet. Her haikai poetry is regularly published in international journals and magazines. She has published two books of poetry—'Whispers of the Soul: the journey within' and 'One Breath Poetry'. She runs a non-profit for quality interventions in the education and health of underprivileged children in Chandigarh. Neena loves to play 'fetch ball' with her pet Rumi, and sit in the garden conversing with squirrels and pigeons.