Poetry: Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca (Tagore Special)

Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca

Paper Boats

(For Rabindranath Tagore)


The falling rain fills my paper boat

It bobs on the flooded waters

To the left and to the right

Proud as a big ship on stormy seas,

There are other boats too

Metal boats with lighted candles

Moonbeams dance on the water by night

The boat becomes a grand palace

With chandeliers and sparkling wine.


The paper boat has sunk

A moment’s pleasure filled my heart

When it sailed tall and high

It’s all I needed to brighten my world

I give thanks to my home

In a low lying area

Where the rain water floated the boat

Along with my imagination.


Bio: Kavita Ezekiel Mendonca’s first book of poems, 'Family Sunday and other Poems', was published in 1989. Her poem ‘How to Light up a Poem', was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. ‘Light of The Sabbath’ is her recently published chapbook. She has taught English, French and Spanish, in private schools in India and overseas, for over four decades. Her poems have been published in several anthologies, including the Journal of Indian Literature published by The Sahitya Akademi.

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