Poem-12 (7.1)


Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Volume 7, Number 1. May 2024. ISSN: 2581-7094

To Pause, to Ponder

--- Nishi Pulugurtha

A few pauses to catch up on life

Pauses snatched

For a while at least

To rest, to ponder.

To try to recover

In a complicated world


The web being woven, not clearly visible, yet there.

The discerning eye misses it, as it entwines the buds.


The rocks that hold on as the water gently passes under and over,

moving ahead as it always had.

Creating music as it flows.

Clear and visible.


Dead trunks left, abandoned.

Not cut but fallen, dead.

Gathered to dry, to be used in myriad ways.


The sun trying to find a way through the tall trees that reach high.

Dampness mitigated by the bright rays

That finds a way into the senses

And lingers on.


A wait for a catch.

And life slithers on.

As it must


Calmness descends, or does it! 



Nishi Pulugurtha is an academic, author, poet and translator. Her publications include: travel writing - Out in the Open, Across and Beyond; poetry - The Real and the Unreal and Other Poems, Raindrops on the Periwinkle, Looking Poems; short stories - The Window Sill and essays - Lockdown Times.