Sanjeev Sethi has authored seven books of poetry. His latest is Wrappings in Bespoke (The Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK, August 2022). He has been published in over thirty five countries. His poems have found a home in more than 450 journals, anthologies, and online literary venues. He edited Dreich Planet #1, an anthology for Hybriddreich, Scotland, in December 2022. He is the joint winner of the Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux, organized by Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK. He was conferred the 2023 Setu Award for Excellence. He lives in Mumbai, India.

X/ Twitter @sanjeevpoems3

Instagram sanjeevsethipoems 

 

Poems for morphrog29

Dead End

Magnitude

Iteration

Dead End

When feted by futurelessness
we marinate in memory.
Those with a robustious present
hardly squint at the quondam.
If they do, it’s on a slow turn
in the whirlpool of wretchedness.

Your parent on the cusp of death
pricks me to call you after a verbose
stretch of silence. Your voice is like
a newsreader. Detailing for the inner
circuitry disallows entry. Some portals
are better padlocked.

© Sanjeev Sethi

 

Magnitude

You’re an emotional Greek fire.
To temper or tamper with your
high pitch calls for collusion.

I am on another sail. Of singing
to the hollow of the sea and encasing
its echoes in wordless chutes.

Those minding the ecological store
won’t evade the mopes like star-crossed
lovers. The perp walk awaits them.

 

© Sanjeev Sethi

Iteration

As your eyes buttonhole me,
I bask
in the languorous positions
my body forms.

The faucet to the fountain of
romantic feelings
that seemed closed for centuries
suddenly revives.

Of such nuggets
I draw nourishment
from the oneiric squad
that fails to dry up on my duvet.

 

 

© Sanjeev Sethi