• Last Night

    Ananya S Guha

    March 26, 2019

    Lee Krasner, 'Night Creatures', Acrylic on paper, 76.2 x 108 cm, 1965 | Image Courtesy: Metropolitan Museum of Art

    A bird conquered
    soaring skies
    we clenched teeth
    and fists
    a war is on, to add 
    to the everyday mayhem
    bones rushing
    blood gushing
    Expanded nostrils.
    The bird lies on a splatter
    of waste.
    But, is dead.
    We are not, swirling in mists
    of agony.
    He sighs and says:
    Life is a conundrum
    He is a leader.
    We are not.

    Last night a ghoul was predatory
    an ordinary beast.
    No explosions.
    Just a ripple of laughter.


    Ananya S Guha is a writer based in Shillong. He works at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) as a senior academic.

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