I Live In This Shadow God Time by Kushal Poddar

You know I had no
religion. I strolled
in these streets, naked,
God following me
for one more crumb of
biscuit. I knew he
would grow up, faster
and lose control
over the growth, would
grow older, die sooner,
leave me with his shadow,
his echoing barking.
You know I have no
religion, except
staring at the street-ends.

Born  in a warm corner  of India, a lone child and brought up with his shadow mates, Kushal Poddar (1977- ) began writing verses at the age of six. He adopted his second tongue as the language to dream on. Widely published in several countries, prestigious anthologies included Men In The Company of Women, Penn International MK etc  and featured in various radio programs in Canada and USA and collaborated with photographers for an exhibition at Venice and with performers for several audio publications .
He is presently living at Kolkata and writing poetry, fictions and scripts for short films when not engaged in his day job as a counsel/ lawyer in the High Court At Calcutta.  He authored, The Circus Came To My Island’and his forthcoming books are “Kafka Dreamed Of Paprika” and “A Place For Your Ghost Animals”.

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