"What is worse / than middling conversation?": Three gripping poems by Carol D'Souza

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"What is worse / than middling conversation?": Three gripping poems by Carol D'Souza

Poetry by Carol D'Souza

Cover image: A painting by Sayed Haider Raza

Cherished

This tenderness for you
White kurta on a rainy day

Beautifully bad judgement

***

Untitled

Gulf that exists

between

a touch and a thought

That on bad days

the bones pick up

Warmth of a held hand

lost

in the cold alleys of

self-doubt

***

Dinner

What is worse

than middling conversation?

Tepid tea

maybe

Like somebody forced

to cast out a net in the

lean season, catching

a flailing excuse of a

fish. You

trying

Feeble question dead

in the water

Limp

***

Carol D'Souza is a research scholar and an avid reader.

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