Mini Babu (Western Voices 2022)

Bio: Mini Babu is working as Associate Professor of English with the Dept. of Collegiate Education, Govt. of Kerala and now working at BJM Govt. College, Chavara, Kollam. Her poems have been featured in anthologies, journals and magazines. Her collections of poems are Kaleidoscope (2020), Shorelines (2021) and Memory Cells (2022). Her co-edited collection of poems is Meraki (2021).




Poetry is the little bird

that takes a lazy flight

off the window of a pale-lit

room in a woman’s soul,

she follows its gradual flutter

into the concealed, into freedom,

while she regresses

to a woman’s life,

subsequent to letting a bit of soul

to drop off

to time.


Poetry is a whimper

that parts the soul

for a terrestrial ride.




A woman is a poem

and quite different from

a short story, a novel or a play,

for the reason that,

they have numerous attributes

to fall back to,

to hold on,

to draw them straight,

the scenes and talks

and people and plot.



a poem is an amoeba,

self-flagellating –

a thought, a feel or a dream,

that pulls back

at the early needle of contact. 

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