World Poetry Day

It’s again a day
One among days
Social media tells me
It’s a day for poetry

Perhaps I had a poem
Last night

This morning
Your tags killed the fetus
Oh! Poor unborn child

I would have written one
But for your pressure
The rebellious teen
Who just won’t succumb….

Let me meet an ex-lover for tea
Catch him by surprise
The parting after all
Was hardly in grief

Let me buy a dress
With plunging neckline
Smoke grass
Take on dares

I exhausted myself
Writing about the woman in me
Not even been a month

Let me waylay my words
They shall come to haunt
Some day
In manuscripts with publishers
Who never understand…
The rhythm
Of my non rhyme

I am petulant today
I don’t wish to obey
Calendar diktats

The words were mine
All mine
Till the flavor of the day
Buried the poet inside

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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.

9 thoughts on “World Poetry Day

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Captures in an engaging and refreshingly self-deprecating manner the paradox that we as Poets all feel.
    “I don’t wish to obey calendar diktats” puts the A into acerbic.

    1. Vandana Kumar

      Thank You Louis. Yes it was born out of all the expectations and tags for poets to create poetry like instant noodles on World Poetry Day

  2. Vandana Kumar

    It surely never does. The tags were symbolic of the pressures for poets to perform on given days..
    Thanks for reading.


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