Ketaki Datta
Dr. Ketaki Datta is a poet, novelist, translator, short story writer, and reviewer. She is a W.B.E.S. She teaches to earn her livelihood; she writes to earn the peace of existence. She has two novels, three books of poems, four books of translation and umpteen reviews and articles in journals and books, here and abroad. She has a few academic volumes to her credit too. 

My soul in an ingratiating tone
greeted me twice in the morning,
Cadging favour? But what for?
Perhaps it forgot to be happy,
Eyeing me on the brink of disaster,
Each moment of my life.
Yet at the close of the day as I took
A bus down south,
To steal a few moments 
By the gurgling brook,
Somewhat languidly,
My soul popped up to sit be me,
Narrating its loneliness in different tropes,
Dictions, enunciations!
Solitude is a bliss sometimes,
Especially while talking to one’s soul.
I longed for the sky to turn ashen,
The clouds to throng the horizon,
I wished badly to be drenched to the bottom,
My soul and I!

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