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Sonnet Mondal: The Colour of my Thoughts

Updated: Feb 3, 2022

Image: Unsplash, downloaded ( 8.1.2022.

A Breeze from My Childhood

On an afternoon

during my summer vacation

Mother made me a few small clay figures—

and painted them with a red dye.

The bargain was, I should bathe

in the well and eat my lunch

before I could have those toys.

Placed on the edge of a charpoy the toys fell off and broke

as I was executing the deal

with rice and curry in my mouth.

From a distance, I felt water splashing

the freshly painted walls of my mind.

The dye was the colour of my thoughts.

After decades now, I wonder

about the exact moment when I grew up and about the exact moment I would grow old.

It’s like a glint vanishing through rolling wheels.

I am still at some distance, and can see

the walls of my house falling off

like those clay toys Mother made.

I feel an air cooling my shadow.

It must be travelling from the meadows

surrounding my childhood home.

About the Author: Sonnet Mondal is an Indian poet, editor, and author of An Afternoon in my Mind (Copper Coin, 2021), Karmic Chanting (Copper Coin, 2018), and Ink & Line (Dhauli Books, 2018). Founder director of Chair Poetry Evenings - Kolkata's International Poetry Festival, Mondal serves as managing editor of Verseville. His recent works have appeared in the Harper’s Bazaar, Virginia Quarterly Review, Words Without Borders, Singing in the Dark (Penguin Random House), Luvina magazine (University of Guadalajara, Mexico), Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), Short Edition-Michigan State University Libraries, Kyoto Journal, Potomac Review, Mascara Literary Review, and Honest Ulsterman among others. His works have been translated into Hindi, Bengali, Italian, Chinese, Turkish, Slovak, Macedonian, French, Russian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and Arabic.


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