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 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’, and The Artamour.

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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