High Tea

Seated ‘lady like’ and demure  

Diagonally opposite you

We the convent indoctrinated

Skilled in social niceties


Your head shook at the right moment

“No thanks I am done”

At the mention of another petit four

But our cores throbbed

In unison

Wanting to devour each other

Instead of the canapés on offer


The heaving bosom saw your discreet glance

And wanted to dance loose for you

But for the constricting apparel

That came in the way


The self-conscious legs crossed again

Flashes of you spreading them

On verdant lawn

Pounding in open blue sky

Settled on that sofa across  


You never did ask how hungry I was

And I, wrapped in bourgeois propriety

Never did tell

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About Vands

Vandana Kumar is a bon vivant who loves travelling, working with young minds and exploring creative possibilities beyond the ordinary. She has done her masters in History from ‘Lady Shri Ram College’ – ‘University of Delhi’ and her Diplôme from the ‘Alliance Française de Delhi’. She is a middle school teacher and also translates for various publishing houses and corporates. An active member of various quiz clubs across Delhi. She has a soft corner for Calcutta where she spent her childhood. Her various passions include singing, playing the piano, composing music and participating in local music competitions. She describes herself as a dreamer…a wanderer and a certified incurable romantic…the romantic moorings worsened with all her fancy French studies. She contributes poems regularly to online magazines and has been published in a couple of anthologies. Poetry for her is her stress buster – her flight of fancy – and strangely – what keeps her rooted too.

8 thoughts on “High Tea

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    The poem is an exquisite delight. What a stunning entrance to Destiny Poets’ International Community of Poets! If the poem were a ballet performance then the stage would be strewn with a mountain of bouquets and the theatre would echo with rapturous applause.


    1. Vands Post author

      Thank you for the warm welcome to Destiny Poets. My first on such a platform – what a fabulous and well thought out site with such interactive features. You guys are very encouraging and inspiring me to go on 🙂

    1. Vands Post author

      Madhumathy – Thanks a lot. Indeed the bourgeois morality and is often what keeps things simmering- but undercover – about to explode and yet such repression


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