Megha Sood , Your poetry is a spiderweb of bone-marrow truth coughed out of decades of resilience and resistance .And sneezed from years roasted in sizzling pots of literary consciousness and psychical revolutions . The verbal vintage and pit-belly poetic depth signals unmatched dexterity of a pen-slinger cum griot graffitiing proverbial psalms on rough mats of the rainbow. Metaphors tidily polishing our evil -gripped earth with calamine of reason and lotions of wisdom from the stench of mental snoring .Poetry that walks again dead men into life .Your boldness transfigures our somber world into sobriety .Rhythm that resurrects sleeping souls to sing along and jive to the reverberating beat of the coming dawn . Your poetry is a sacred blessing gifted to Kings from ancient epochs onto modern times . Psychical prowess , verbal dexterity and the heart -thudding rhythm are triplets dictating the literary vitality of this nerve-wrecking but mindboggling poetry submission. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in archiving and profiling an globally acclaimed anthologist , poet extraordinaire, Hallowed Digital Poetry Artivist ,Proflic Curator and Poet Megha Sood .This is dope.( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
SILENCE-A LOST ART ( Published in Nightingale and Sparrow)
Silence is neatly tucked
between the layered wings of the soaring eagle
the shifting angle of his wings
holds the distance between
the spoken and the untold
Silence has its own semantics
the lexicon of the unspoken
I can carry the debilitating
pain in my marred soul for eons
before you see the
tears trickling from my eyes
Silence, a deep soliloquy with time
you press ears to the
else would miss the pain
Silence is neatly tucked
in the palm of a stillborn
dissolved in its muted stench
Silence is the only conversation
for the reticent mind
as the moon brushes across my face
dripping the verses
picked neatly by the time
Silence is a lost art
MY VICTORY SONG
( State Level Winner NAMI Dara Axelrod Poetry Contest 2018)
My heart parts its lips to utter something
pure and divine:
like the moon in its reverie
you ask “What’s my song”
I laugh and smile with beauty imbued with
the fluttering of the butterfly wings
My heart though brimming with pain and anxiety
but ready for its encore every time.
My love is boundless like a star-spangled sky
covering every iota of my soul;
gives me the sustenance,
clears out the wool and webbing
from my disordered thinking
makes me feel alive, once more.
I adorn the scars as victory marks
leaves the bloody trails as maps
For those who are pushed and shoved aside
for reasons unknown,
I thrash like a juggernaut
crashing and crumbling
the voices which pull me down
I simply ignore.
Waving my victory flag
and singing my song
under my bated breath,
Here I come to conquer the
uncharted waters of my life with a roar
and an unfettered strength.
Redemption ( North of Oxford)
( First Published in Lumiere Review “Black Lives Matter” Edition)
Based on the death of Gambian British photographer Khadija Mohammadou Saye who was killed in the Grenfell Tower Fire in 2017. The survivors of Grenfell are still awaiting justice, while the official inquiry refuses to recognize the systemic racism of social inequality and institutional response as contributing to the disaster
They say “eyes are the window to your soul”
yet yours are tight shut,
saturated with unjust and discrimination
birthing around you by every passing moment
the raging flames engulfing the last silver
sucking out from every single soul
holding on to their dear loves
in that fateful tower that day.
They say, “an artist takes in the beauty
through their eyes”
and yet yours are closed
overwhelmed with the injustice
the raging inequality;
hoping of that day the perfect utopia
where everyone is blessed with the
They say, “eyes are the embodiments
of a beautiful soul”
a metaphor for the muted language;
spoken between the souls
and yet yours are closed shut
averting the view from
all the hunger and greed
burning & leaving
the stench of devouring flames
a putrid stench of indifference;
towards your life
They say, “take in the world through all your senses”
and yet you devoid yourself
from this ethereal experience
as you world burns down from inside
screaming and whelping,
the injustice leaves welts and blisters
on your suppurating skin
When the empty words showers like
the scarring acid rain
on your open wounds
in the hollow nights
hoping for a single soul
to lend their ear
to hear you,
hear you screaming
I can’t breathe!!!
“This poem talks about the metaphoric suffocation which has seeped into the lives of the African communities around the world as a result of systemic oppression and the blatant violation of basic human rights.“
ASK A CHILD . ASK A BUTTERFLY
( First Published in Adelaide Magazine)
Every small step counts. Every small gesture matters.
Kindness comes in all forms. Accept and embrace it when you see it.
Pass it forward. It is like the flowing river, shaping and changing the lives of those who come along its way. Keep flowing and Keep growing.
Life never stops from growing nor from making mistakes.
You stop and stagnate like the ditch of stinking water.
Flow like a waterfall. A beautiful sight in its glory.
Life is movement.
Change is a necessary transformation.
Ask a child, ask a butterfly.
Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. She is an award-winning Pushcart-nominated Poet, Writer, Editor, and Blogger. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK based Arts and Literary Journal MookyChick and a Literary Partner in the “Life in Quarantine” Project by Stanford University, California, USA. She is a contributing member of many literary journals namely Free Verse Revolution, Heretics, Lovers and Madmen, Sudden Denouement, Whisper and the Roar, GoDogGoCafe. Over 500+ works in journals including Rising Phoenix Review, Better than Starbucks, Gothamist. Poetry Society of New York, WNYC Studios, Kissing Dynamite, American Writers Review, North of Oxford, Setu Magazine.FIVE:2: ONE, KOAN, Quail Bell, Dime show review, and many more. Works featured/upcoming in 50+ other print anthologies by the US, UK, Australian, and Canadian Press. Three-time State-level winner NAMI Dara Axelrod NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019/2020, National Winner Spring Robinson Lit Prize 2020, Honorable Mention Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019, Finalist in the Adelaide Literary Award 2019, Shortlisted for the Erbacce Prize 2020, Nominated for the iWomanGlobalAwards 2020, Finalist in TWIBB Beyond Black Sakhi Awards 2020 and Finalist in the Poetry Super Highway 2020. Works selected numerous times by Jersey City Writers group and Department of Cultural Affairs for the Arts House Festival. Chosen twice as the international panelist for the Jersey City Theater Center Online Series “Voices Around the World”.She is currently co-editing the anthologies (“The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and ( “The Kali Project”, Indie Blue(e) Press).
TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC CURATOR (Mbizo CHIRASHA)
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