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 Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a Middle School French teacher in New Delhi, India. An educator with over 20 years of experience, she is also a French translator and recruitment consultant. Her poems have been published in various national and international journals and websites like ‘Mad Swirl’, Toronto based ‘Scarlet Leaf Review’, Philadelphia based ‘North of Oxford’, UK based ‘Destiny Poets’, ‘Lothlorien Poetry Journal’, Saint Paul, Minnesota based ‘Grey Sparrow Journal’, California based ‘The Piker Press’, Canada based ‘Halcyon Days’, ‘Founder’s favourites’, W-Poesis, Singapore based ‘Borderless Journal’, ‘Madras Courier’, Glomag etc. She has featured in anthologies like Houston, Texas based – ‘Harbinger Asylum’ and in two prestigious ones by the US based Indie Blu(e) Publishing – ‘Kali Project’ and ‘But You Don't Look Sick’. She has been part of two projects of the World literature series on Post-modern voices and critical thought. She was a jury member for the ‘All India Poetry Competition’ organized by ‘Cocoa-Butter’ and also co-edited their debut print anthology that resulted from this competition. She also writes articles on cinema that have appeared on websites and journals like ‘Just-cinema’, ‘Daily Eye’, ‘The Free Press Journal’, Boloji.com and The Artamour.

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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