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By Bhuwan Thapaliya

PROMPT — Despite ...

He comes home

late in the evening

only to slump in front

of the television,

often with

an alcoholic drink.

Her response

was always the same:

turn the television off,

curse him aloud,

then head to the bedroom

and slam the door behind.

Next morning they wake up

and look at each other

in disbelief

with shaggy thoughts

and go out to the lawn

through the large glass door

of the living room,

into the brilliance

of the mid-morning sunshine,

with a cup of black coffee

in their hands

and sit down

in the wobbly chair.

With the zephyr

coming in,

and birds calling,

they feel no hurry

to get back to

anything at all,

and watch

their future dance

in sheer abandon,

its locks

falling in disarray

on fates broad shoulder

as wild orchids

that hang out of trees.


Bhuwan Thapaliya was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and is the author of four poetry collections. His poems and articles have been widely published in journals and periodicals such as Kritya, Foundling Review, FOLLY, The Journal of Expressive Writing, Trouvaille Review, Pendemics Literary Journal, Pandemic Magazine, The Poet, Litehouse, Valient Scribe, Strong Verse, Jerry Jazz Musician, Poetry and Covid: A project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, University of Plymouth, and Nottingham Trent University,, Ponder Savant, Mindful of Poetry – Page for Africa,, Poetseers, International Times, Taj Mahal Review, Poetry Life and Times, VOICES ( Education Project), Longfellow Literary Project, Poets Against the War, ( Magazine of arts and humanities), InnerVisions by Jay, The Sound of Poetry Review, The Kashmir Pulse, Publiknama, Ibex Press Year's Best Magazine, rave utopia, The Camel Saloon, STREET VOICE #5, and Merak Magazine among many others.


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