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Cryptology; Recollection

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

Two poems from Balconies of Time (Hawakal, 2017) by Amit Shankar Saha


Two black boats float

under your irises,

like hieroglyphs,

in the sea of your face,

write a crow's feet script

with the creeks of your eyes.

Perhaps everything stands

still in a doldrum

of your low pressure

or the storms of the past

churn a cryptogram

of pain in your chest.

The green of your night

does not die or fade,

sleeplessness sails

with ballast of bags

filled with work and vigil

and no dreams are made.


Your eyes become fish

and my hands become depth.

I dip in to fetch

the sky caught in the net.

The moon becomes a lie

and stars mirages.

My hands cuddle the bones

of silverfishes' breath.

Sand and shells all sleep

when night wakes me up.

A fisherman resurrects

to hook the flooding death.

About Amit Shankar Saha:

Saha is a widely published award-winning poet and short story writer. His poetry collections include Balconies of Time (Hawakal 2017), Fugitive Words (Hawakal 2019) and Illicit Poems (Pothi 2020). He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Best of Net Anthology 2020. His poems have been included in Best Indian Poetry Anthology 2018 and The Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English 2020-21. He is the Editor-in-Chief of EKL Review. He has a PhD in English from Calcutta University and works as an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Seacom Skills University. Saha's website can be found here:


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