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By Sushant Thapa

PROMPT — Who am I today?

Always from vain

I have refrained.

I had a shelter

Always from the pain.

Remove me from your outlook and

Your street glances;

They do not have my words.

When I walk on the road or travel

I am amazed how much I have said in written words.

I am a complex web of simplicity

Which means being non-literal.

The Holy books I have not touched completely

But I know my dharma of being from my culture;

This is a war where circle of life wins.

Nothing is absolute;

Oh this forbidden path of poetry I walk.

Meet me when the time is plenty

I will not be what you are afraid of.

Confession is a crime only when the convict is free.

If you ask me, I am chained with words.


Sushant Thapa is a Nepalese poet who holds a Master's degree in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has published two books of poetry. His poems have been published in The Kathmandu Post, Trouvaille Review, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Harbinger Asylum, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Litehouse, My Republica, The Beatnik Cowboy, Dumpster Fire Press, and Impsipred among many.


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