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Time outside clock

By Sushant Thapa

PROMPT — The way I see it ...

I am buried in deadlines.

It seems that

The sun will shine late


But there will be tomorrow,

There will be my path in the rush hour.

Early morning sweaty bus,

Water not dripping

From my bathroom faucet.

My thoughts sleep

While I stand.

I am an exhausted old lamp post

Without current passing in its veins.

The keys in my laptop were busy.

They rest now,

I cannot rest without them.

An escapist wind

Blows and my poetry pages

Remain ink-less.

Words can blow away your mind,

I only write poetry

And push my article deadline

For many dawning and dusking

For many shining and setting

For many raining and drying

Like many starts and shutdown

Of my laptop.


Sushant Thapa has published three books of poems: The Poetic Burden and Other Poems (Authorspress, New Delhi, 2020), Abstraction and Other Poems (Impspired, UK, 2021) and Minutes of Merit (Haoajan, Kolkata, 2021). He is an English lecturer to undergraduate level students of BBA and BIT at Nepal Business College, Biratnagar, Nepal. He has an M.A in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Sushant has been published in print, online, school book, and anthologies around the world. He also writes Flash Fictions, Short Stories and Book Reviews. Sushant writes from Biratnagar, Nepal.


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