Plaything. a poem by Susmit Panda



Zip it! Don’t tell me that the world’s a hard place, man.
I am the youngest of the Matryoshka clan. 

Don’t let no demon child dismantle, one by one
The mother, daughter and the baby son.

She sees, on my behalf, the dark, dark sky;
She sees, on my behalf, how human beings cry.

She dreams, on my behalf, of gee-gees whipped and drowned,
Of chariots shattered, tumbled to the ground,

Whose boom on many a night has often
Rang in my ears so I’ve had to cease laughing.

Don’t tell her though, or it will break her spirit, man.
I am the youngest of the Matryoshka clan.	

This is my space. I’m happy, as far as one could
Within a smallish, hollow drum of wood

Where one has only so much of a weight to bear.
I shan’t, for all the motley world, leave here. 

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Susmit Panda, born in 1996, is a poet living in Kolkata. His poems and criticism have appeared in Boog City, Coldnoon, Indian Cultural Forum, Guftugu, The Boston Compass, and The Journal (London), and are forthcoming in Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics. He participated in the Poesia 2021 World Poetry Day Festival. 

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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