Issue 07 Poetry

The Harbor

By RICHIE HOFMANN

Afterwards everything whitened

like paper or breath—

The room was suddenly anchored to itself,

the chains stopped groaning.

I knew I could not leave with you.

The sea outside was like the sea

on the map. A sea-god was blowing

into a crosshatched arc of sails.

The Harbor
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Little Chapel

By RICHIE HOFMANN

 

How do I know

this stark room, the wooden chair,

the antique book in its lap,

the drawers lined with cedar,

the two folded shirts, his and mine,

the map of the Mediterranean World

in a frame, its sea faded turquoise?

Have you come here too?

Is this a place you recognize?

Little Chapel
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Toast

By MANOHAR SHETTY

To Nissim Ezekiel

 

Friends, brothers, sisters, wellwishers

And our esteemed guests from foreign,

Today we welcome to our humble

Abode in Navsari, Gujarat, a precious

Addition to our family,

Our daughter-in-law Emily Curry

Hailing from Lankasire, UK.

On this auspicious day Miss Emily,

Now Mrs, has tied the knot

Of holy matrimony

With our youngest Mahess.

Toast
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