Bad Timing


In the soporific market

everyone stays awake.

“The time of pandemic, sir,”

says one cab driver,

“hunger prowls in the streets

with a bodkin open and naked.”


I buy some time from

a green grocer who says nay

to the request of wrapping

it as a gift item,

“Plastic is banned.” He asserts.





Kushal Poddar
Ilustration Nick Victor

Kushal Poddar lives in Kolkata, India
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