Sanjeev Sethi (Voices Within)

Sanjeev Sethi is published in over 25 countries. He has more than 1200 poems printed or posted in venues around the world. Wrappings in Bespoke, is Winner of Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux organized by the Hedgehog Poetry Press UK. It is his fourth book. It will be issued in 2020. He lives in Mumbai.


Stager

Shame is a channel
to cuff
those whose doxology
is different.

The unsettled caution
me of those who are
threatened
by quiet wars within.

I wish to hide
all hornbooks.
They don’t sharpen
us enough.

Ultimately one
styles one’s own rubric.


Fence

In the striptease of human synergy
you’ve freed the first hook. I can’t
claim familiarity with your features.
One salient trait: you’re not as kind
as your catchwords. As if they beat
in another body.

You’ve sincerity of a pubescent: just
more prepped. When you bid flashes
as passport to my province you call
to mind contests I participated in as
a preteen: where I recited poems by
others. Your parlance has that pitch.


Mr. Malhotra and the Media

MM serviced my air conditioners close
to twenty-five years. When senescence
held him to ransom his tried-and-tested
coworker took over his trade. He has
been maintaining my account since.

Write-ups inform of MM’s death. Headlines
one Karan Johar, Shabana Azmi Attend
Manish Malhotra’s Father’s Funeral. It
goes on to divulge the names of stars who
are at the couturier’s den.

A-listers such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,
Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and
many others swear by Manish Malhotra's
designs. The only info that can be gleaned
about the departed: he was in his early 90s.

Voices Within-2020 :: Setu, February 2020

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