Sukrita Paul Kumar

The Art of Wearing Bangles

The blank page wears words

With the fondness and patience

Of girls wearing glass bangles

One by one, carefully and gently

The right fit that

Should not break and injure

The hand squeezing through


They are not to dangle lose and wide

Or remain too close and feel the skin


Let them take over the throb

Jingle in glee, slide into action

Tune in to the dance

of words and creation


A Fatal Journey

When words frothed on the

Banks of meaning

Gurgling with sore throats


I wept


Senses wrapt in yellow hairy skin

Broke through the enigma


The nose could smell

Just as the eyes could see


The bull’s horn brought the

Earth back to its balance


To seek meaning is meaningful

To find meaning is negation of existence


The boneless necks of the turtles

Pulled their heads back

Into the hard shells


Meaning is well armoured


I broke my head on the

Rocky back of words.

Sukrita Paul Kumar ,born in Kenya, currently holds the Aruna Asaf Alisukrit Chair at Delhi University. Formerly, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she is  Fellow of the International Writing Programme, Iowa (USA) & Hong Kong Baptist University. Honorary faculty, Durrell Centre at Corfu (Greece), she has been a recipient of many prestigious fellowships and residencies. A well-known poet, translator and an artist she has published several poetry collections and many critical books. Dream Catcher and Poems Come Home (with Hindustani translations of her poems by Gulzar) are her latest collections of poems. Amongst her critical books, are Narrating Partition, Conversations on Modernism. A guest editor of journals such as Manoa (Hawaii), she has held solo exhibitions of her paintings