Poem-19 (7.1)


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

 Stars in the Mystic Sky

--- Ganesh Puthur

I look at those twinkling stars

In turbulent times at night.

Those tiny spots up in darkness

Shining, dimming and

Sometimes even hidden by scattered clouds.


I hear them singing lullabies

Through my broken window

Hitting the cracks on my wall

Touching my canvas board

And healing the wounds of

A heartbroken lover in

An unfinished painting.


After years of their insipid solitude

Stars form different constellations

Lion, bear, scorpio and

Even a clock without its needles.


I even remember

Those days when I was a child,

My mother pointing at the stars

Telling that those were

My forefathers, smiling from heavenly abode.


I still look at stars with amazement

For all the beauty it fills in void,

Like a glittery cloth on a black hanger

Or like a magician vanishing

from the sight when the Sun rises.  



Ganesh Puthur, a bilingual poet in Malayalam and English, is a recipient of the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (2023). He has published two anthologies of poetry in Malayalam and his English poems have appeared in esteemed publications like The Muse India, Poems India, Setu Bilingual Journal, Madras Courier and the Borderless Journal. A native of Kerala, Ganesh also holds a Masters degree in History from the University of Hyderabad.