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When a Friend’s Flat Burnt Down

February 11, 2016 | By

A soulful poetic account as the poet reminisces the memories of a house, lost in flames

But in minutes, waves of violation,
charred, the shelter of its sole occupant.


Fury of flames devoured a home —
a home, mobbed with moments:
some memories and some mess.
But in minutes, waves of violation,
charred, the shelter of its sole occupant.

In which portion of the rubble
lies her laughter?
Where is her plectrum? Her portfolio?
How does she pore over her past?
Which monocle should she mobilize?


It all narrows down to a narration.
Spotlight is on whys and hows.
Triage is a buffer between
experience and its impact.
No one even steps aside to notice
severity of the situation.


Surface usually softens
or at least can be knit.
The blisters within
need our notice.

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The recently released, This Summer and That Summer, (Bloomsbury) is Sanjeev Sethi’s third book of poems. His work includes well-received volumes, Nine Summers Later and Suddenly For Someone. He has, at various phases of his career, written for newspapers, magazines, and journals. He has produced radio and television programs. His poems have found a home in The London Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Solstice Literary Magazine, Off the Coast Literary Journal, Oddball Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, Literary Orphans, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, The Peregrine Muse, Otoliths, Kitaab, Café Dissensus Everyday, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Muse India, and elsewhere. Poems are forthcoming in Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Ink Sweat & Tears, First Literary Review-East, Meniscus, Futures Trading and The Jawline Review. He lives in Mumbai, India.
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