Kashiana Singh: Poetry (Western Voices 2021)

Bio: Kashiana Singh calls herself a work practitioner and embodies the essence of her TEDx talk - Work as Worship into her everyday. Her chapbook Crushed Anthills from Yavanika Press in 2020 is a journey that unravels memory through 10 cities. She proudly serves as a Poetry Editor for Poets Reading the News and her voice be read and heard on various international platforms.




One pond


It is a place behind a house

witness to my walk, everyday

I stare into its shadows, rewinding

untold tales, wondering what ponds

nurture inside their belly,

pregnant with broken dreams

purgatory of missing memories—

voices that spilled

from the dining table

of the home that still stands

tousled awakenings of foggy
mornings. Feeling enough as

the blue whispered at ripples

falling into Grand Canyon depths

swallowed bird bones, its

bottom frescoed with bare tendrils
of swallow tails, worms and insects
sketching rage of the evening light

two autumnal leaves left untamed

possible legacy of branches, the
stems made careless love, caressing

the warmth of savage winter nights
do all ponds —

even those that loom large
between countries, simmer
inside them, such rhythms?




frosted windows -

like a cartographer

I trace your face



among coral reefs -

my wrinkled toes


emptiness -

winter succumbs

to a polar vortex



* Sacred * 


How to not catch incoming

breathlessness, that skids

inside air pockets of men

who endlessly worship

open mouths, open hands

upturned vessels towards a

succulent sky, simpering in

presence of shards of light



How to permit mornings

into windows, bandaged

rays slanting in branches

scraping voices inside of

startled squirrels, steps

on dewed winter grass

squinting at edge of days

chastened in blind white


  1. I feel your polar vortex! Interesting poems. I can hear you read them.

  2. Thank YOU! It means a lot to me that they reached you and I know what you mean by polar vortex

  3. Your geography and topography come to fecund life.


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