Poetry: A Safe Planet within a Terrifying One by Reena Prasad


Reena Prasad’s poems have been published in The Copperfield Review, First Literary Review-East, Angle Journal, Poetry Quarterly, York Literary Review, Lakeview International Journal, Duane’s Poe Tree, Mad Swirl etc. She is also the Destiny Poets UK’s Poet of the year for 2014 and one of the editors of The Significant Anthology released in July 2015. She was adjudged second in the ‘World Union Of Poet’s’ poetry competition, 2016 and won an award for poetry in the 2016 As ‘You Like It International Poetry Contest’, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare. She won the Reuel International Prize for poetry, 2018.



A Safe Planet within a Terrifying One

By Reena Prasad

The pavement was a second home
where kicked off worn chappals
signalled the triumph over yet another day

The only boundaries that would last
were drawn on walls, colour over concrete
trespassed by fallen power lines

The streets were kindergartens teaching the first languages
of hunger and stoicism and where needs unwrapped children
before they enveloped them

Differences were inevitable still life was one
There was always another way to live it
with or without dreams

The weary and the innocent sat on their haunches
accepting that dust covers everything
new or not

Everyone waited, passing time with the toys that found them
A stick for the one who had no herd
A can for the other who had no milk

Above an empty sky must have walked into an illusionless sea
Below the man and child exchanged places over time
and a few bare essential syllables


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