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Pandemic Wishes

By Anangsha Haldar

PROMPT—During Covid-19 ...

Glass rimmed, venous wings hang like paper kites

Flittering anxiously, contemplating release

From the narrow cartographic confines

Of a perilous dysphoria

Surreptitiously masked or hidden

By smog filled pyres of unfulfilled dreams.

Can the muddy ruins of a dismantled contraption, called the mind

Be refurbished, mended to resemble a bottomless blackhole?

That devours the sluggish drawl of unceasing screams

Quietens the lament and anguish of rotting corpses

And enraptures,

The sunken sockets of these ancient venom eyes

That know of the twisting alleyways of anonymous despair.

Let the hungry nails sink deep in this humic soil

Making way for the summer blossoms- cosmos and zinnias

A decadent blanket, Insulation against the ensuing visceral chaos

Comforting, guiding the rivulets of patience

Into the gardens that sing the symphonies of freedom.


Anangsha Haldar is a 19-year-old student from India. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Poetry has always been her most preferred form of self-expression, the must needed escape from reality. Besides writing poems, she also loves to read books and is an avid fan of the K-Pop boyband, BTS. Anangsha writes from Kolkata, West Bengal, India.


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