Our teacher demotes the demised class hamster
from its showcase, “Never believe in what
a teacher says, believe me! You, the youth, 
despise your parents, revolt again and again,
and it’s innate. Since you choose a surrogate
in us, far from the best, we role-play to scar you
the way your parents cannot. Now, let’s bury this Harry.
Pray, it may rest in peace.”

I stare at the wild whiff in the caisson,
empty wheel still a little unstill,

food and poo, silence and voices.





Kushal Poddar
Illustration Nick Victor

Authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island’, ‘A Place For Your Ghost AnimalsUnderstanding The Neighborhood’, ‘Scratches Within’, ‘Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems’, ‘Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems’ and now ‘Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse-A Prequel’ (Alien Buddha Press)


Author Page – amazon.com/author/kushalpoddar_thepoet
Twitter- https://twitter.com/Kushalpoe

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