Ankur Jyoti Saikia (Voices Within 2023)

Ankur Jyoti Saikia is a forestry researcher based in India, who writes poems and believes in his self-coined maxim: 'scribble, submit, repeat'. Twitter, Instagram & Bluesky: @amythfromassam 




What was I

before being me?

What would remain

when I'll cease to be?

In the midst of

these two sphinxes

sands of life slip through

my purlicue and plicae


I am a Minotaur

of guilt and doubt!

When will I be set free?

I am crowned with

a wreath of thorns!

Is this my lethal legacy?





Ever-raw wounds of mind

will bleed one

to death, whatever

be the count of

breaths remaining

anamneses overrun

as festering maggots

sobs die off and

resume relentlessly.


Why does my bosom smell

like a rotten potato?


On a foggy dawn


I strive to

make a poem


words stream

from my quill


as I see those

embers of Sun


dribble through

curtains of haze

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