by Rumjhum Biswas

What goes on there, everyday
Behind that rock hard illusion?
There where light's lisping ray
Becomes a catastrophic intrusion.

Who are those whose liquid lives
Lie hidden from the blare of yellow bulbs?
The ones whose steaming whispers rise
To their deaths as the tall shadow engulfs.

Mirror, mirror on the wall
You who blithely speak to all
Turn around, slowly, turn around
To pose before the diminished sound.

A nail scratch on mercury lets out
The secret life of one who is never about
Listen, listen well, and see what you can
Of this spasmodic reel of a life that ran

A secret world, it hardly ever is
Yet, much submerged and concealed
Like the dark matter that lives
In this universe, unlearned unrevealed.

Yet sometimes during a wakeful night
The mirror creaks and turns around
An opposite world, eating light
Feels about for the touch of sound

My flesh contracts, my mind expands
I move mirror wards on clammy hands
I see you all swimming in the mirror's jaw
And my soul unscrews to kiss that liquid maw.

© 2008 by Rumjhum Biswas


About the Author

Rumjhum Biswas's prose and poetry have appeared in Muse India, The Bare Root Review, Etchings (Australia) The Little Magazine India (India), Eclectica, Nth Position (UK), The King's English, Halfway down the Stairs, Arabesques Review, Crannog, Clockwise Cat, Chanterelle's Notebook, Everyday Fiction, A Hudson View (South Africa), Lily Literary Review, The Paumanok Review, Poems Niederngasse (Switzerland), Unlikely Stories, Cerebration (UK), Amarillo Bay, Gowanus, Loch Raven Review and Southern Ocean Review (New Zealand). Three of her poems have been published by Unisun Publishers (India) in their 2007 anthology "The Silken Web". Two more poems are forthcoming in two separate anthologies by Forward Press of UK. At present, this erstwhile copywriter lives and writes in Chennai. She can be contacted at:



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