Poems by Sukrita Paul Kumar

Sukrita Paul Kumar
Prayers

Mountain Echoes
ringing gods
into the 
valleys;

Temple bells 
ushering 
men 
into the 
temples.

*

Prescribing 
unending
moments of 
wakefulness 

love spills 
into
space of 
nothingness
surrounding 
lovers
who die 
with 
each meeting; 

on separation,
they are born again
to themselves,
crying for 
moksha
in love. 
***


Landscape
   
With goats
and sheep
grazing
on its 
chest,

the mountain 
is
a captive,
shackled in 
crisscross
paths

with
the shepherd
as its 
lord.

***

The garden blossomed
in winter

because
I died in spring
***


Being

The river of 
silence
flows gently
growing stronger
with time,
stretching wide
from shore 
to shore,
a storm
rolling in
the folds 
of
deep waters;

Silence
moving
into silence,
the silence of
experience
sinking
and silting
and moving on.
***

Bio: Sukrita Paul Kumar, former Fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, held the prestigious Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at Delhi University. An honorary faculty at Corfu, Greece, she was an invited resident poet at the prestigious International Writing Programme at Iowa, USA. Her most recent collections of poems, are Vanishing Words, Country Drive and Dream Catcher. Her critical books include Narrating Partition, The New Story and Conversations on Modernism. She has co-edited many books, including Krishna Sobti: A Counter Archive (Routledge) and Speaking for Herself: Asian Women’s Writings (Penguin). An Honorary Fellow at HK Baptist University, Hong Kong, she has published many translations and has held exhibitions of her paintings.

1 comment :

  1. Oh, Beautiful words and soulful ...

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