On Notre Dame



Seen the stars tonight?

Between the miracle and the blaze

runs an abyss.


On a stolen bicycle

she took me to the churchyard

and brought down the sky on my lips.


Tonight as I see

the Gehenna darkens a storm

with its fire playing the old woods


I turn and wait

for a sad bicycle bidding its way

back to the all-black


with a fading test of a heart

on its rider’s tongue-tip.

Why the stars look the same


on this date again and again,

and the flames

consume memories all the same?





Kushal Poddar
Illustration Nick Victor


Edited the online magazine ‘Words Surfacing’.

Authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island’ (Spare Change Press, Ohio), “A Place For Your Ghost Animals” (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs), “Understanding The Neighborhood” (BRP, Australia), “Scratches Within” (Barbara Maat, Florida), “Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems”  (BRP, Australia) and “Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems” (Hawakal Publishers, India)


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