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Kushal Poddar

Night Falls Shortly

We have a family technique

to abort our thoughts

before they become words, our bane.

We force feed our tongues

measureless silence

and the usual squirrels

the crumbs of our hearts.

The nightfall will highlight the canal,

cremation pyres, fall as a season.

My father turns and says,

"I find savouries tasteless these days.

Ain't it tasteless to savour one's own griefs? "

I do not know. You find the support

for any belief you cherish on the net.

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. Twitter-


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The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


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