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Kushal Poddar


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/ulPAVuxITEw) 15.10.2023.



Because My Name Is Not Stephen King


You would assume

if I scriven -'I stood

awash in the midday sun,

all my shadows tucked within,

my heart, bleeding,

squeezed in my right fist,

my eyes gone, black and unblinking.'

that those words chisel a metaphor.


Sometimes they are not so.

I have to crawl inside another womb

and brave another childhood

until I grow up, stand here again.



About the Author: The author of 'Postmarked Quarantine' has eight books to his credit. He is a journalist, father, and the editor of 'Words Surfacing’. His works have been translated into twelve languages, published across the globe.


 



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