The Summer-World of Election

Kushal Poddar

The muffled street drums

the win of some

leader prewritten to win

by the invisible potentate;


here nothing matters more

than an electronic fan

riddling the heatwave

into a shattered-mirror puzzle;


I hear the fan; years ago

the doctors drilled a hole

into the throat of my

caught-in-cancer aunt,

and she used to talk about dying old

and the subtexts of all other curses

in her voice of a third world

electronic fan slashing out

the summer again and again.


Mid-day, I hark the noise-puzzle.

Who won? You ask.

I shake my head, "The fan

repeats its battle in the same circle,



Because of our births,

because our orbits chanced our genesis.

An author and a father, Kushal Poddar, edited a magazine – ‘Words Surfacing’, authored seven volumes including ‘The Circus Came To My Island’, ‘A Place For Your Ghost Animals’, ‘Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems’ and ‘Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse-A Prequel’. His works have been translated in ten languages. 

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