The One Legged Centipede

I creep out through the swinging door of my billet,
shed ninety eight legs on my way back to home,
and my child, the child, welcomes me, the biped,
spent, blasé, building a smile, simpering a wane anger.

“What’s this smell on your clothes?” the child asks.
I say not – gutter – chronicle him the emprise of a lame
tin soldier in a paper boat sailing down the guts of the end.




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 –

This entry was posted on in homepage and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.