Blank pages
Beautiful empty leaves
Unmarked by inky splotches
Devoid of alphabet salmagundis
and strikethroughs

Smooth and pure
Unsullied by dark moods
Clean and chaste
Untouched by sins of haste
A pristine, intemerate sheet
revealing no evidence
of the writhing lust above it.

To be etched, marked, blackened
scarred and crumpled
wiped upon and spat.

Blood and salty drops dry up
on its face
leaving it looking
like an admission of guilt
Immature squiggles border the slanting letters
revealing a mad mind
that wallows in adamantine riddles.

A soiled sheet
A chaparral
containing reminders, leftovers
of an imperfect division of thoughts
quotients thrust into neat boxes
Edges trimmed out of habit
And ends thrown onto a paper
Lying around

Some births are never beautiful.

( – Reena Prasad )


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About Reena

Reena R is a poet/writer from India, currently living in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Her poems have been published in several anthologies and journals. She is the Destiny Poets UK's Poet of the year for 2014 and one of the editors of The Significant Anthology released in July 2015. She won awards at ‘World Union Of Poet’s’ poetry competition, 2016 and at "As You Like It International Poetry Contest’. She won the Reuel International Prize for poetry, 2018.

4 thoughts on “Genesis

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    ” Genesis ” hums and crackles with barely bounded poetic energy. For the reader encountering work of this calibre for the first time, it is the metaphorical equivalent of being seated in the commentary box and watching the opening batsman strike an immaculate boundary shot off the very first ball of the innings. ” S..I..X..!!” (Unless I’m very much mistaken ,this is Reena’s first post and share on this site;welcome to The Test Venue,Reena )

    1. Reena Prasad Post author

      Thank you Louis! it is indeed my first post here and I am grateful that it got such a warm welcome. This is my latest poem written a week back and your wonderful comment is thawing my writer’s block . I am very glad to be here and look forward to reading and posting some good poems .

  2. Louis Kasatkin

    This poem comprises one of the twelve chosen for inclusion in ” PICK OF THE POEMS “,an Editorial selection of the best poems posted during January 1 – March 31 here at Destiny Poets. Our Facebook page carried the original announcement on Saturday,17 November.PICK OF THE POEMS:QUARTERLY 2012 RETROSPECTIVE.
    ” PICK OF THE POEMS ” ,is an Editorial Selection of the best poems posted at in each quarter of 2012. Each quarter’s Selection will comprise 12 posts,tabulated in alphabetical order.We start with the 1st.quarter’s poems posted between January 1st.- March 31st. * Alice and The Hatter – Susie Bertie….* Dad I saw you well
    – Jan C.Sorensen….* Daughter’s Freedom – Audrey Lines…. * Freezing Night – Iulia Gherghei….* Fused – Umarani Jayaraj….* Genesis – Reena Prasad….* Guide – Madhumita Ghosh….* Lindy Hop – Sunil Sharma….* My life partner – Lokesh Roy….* Naive Heart – Gina Mcknight….* Spring – Elizabeth Hexberg….* Time Travel – Hollie Bolster. Enjoy , share and comment.

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