Nishi Pulugurtha: Poetry (Voices Within 2021)

Nishi Pulugurtha is an academic and creative writer and writes on travel, film, short stories, poetry and on Alzheimer’s Disease. Her work has been published in various journals and magazines. Her publications include a monograph on Derozio (2010), a collection of essays on travel, Out in the Open (2019), an edited volume of essays on travel, Across and Beyond (2020) and a volume of poems, The Real and the Unreal and Other Poems (2020).



As the world goes on


The narrow meandering road

that bends and turns

As the world goes on -

small fields on either side

the stubble with some green

in between

a few bales lined up in a corner

furrows in another field in the distance

As the world goes on -


The lone farmer at work in the green field

stops and looks around

sits down for a while

before getting to work again

his routine it seems

he looks up at the winter sun

takes a puff, ponders

as he goes back to work

work he has to

As the world goes on -


the rhythm of life - the land and the crop

his life as it has been

Will it change for the better?

Or the worse as others decide

As the world goes on

he goes back to work

the gentle sun on his back.


Iron Spires and the Masonry


Rows of structures that go round

in two circles – one small

the large one, encircling.

blending into each other

yet standing out, holding on

a few bent into the earth

that will claim all.

Brown, grey and white

remnants of times past

of glory and wrath

with their iron spires

bent, broken, twisted

into myriad shapes that stand

against the dull grey sky

the sound of white pigeons cooing

that disturb the quiet

the truant hedges, the wayward

grass spreading out

tall, forlorn – life in these

derelict times.


Florets on the plate


As he pulls in the heavily laden

bicycle and leans it on the wall

just below the window

through which a little sun peeps in

The purple long flower among his wares

that lands on the newspaper

on the table – with people cooking

on the streets as they voice.

the florets soon heap up the plate

Cleaned, chopped, cooked

in the warmth of the kitchen.

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