Poetry: Soul Scan by Prathap Kamath


Prathap Kamath

Prathap Kamath’s published works are Ekalavya: a book of poems(2012), Blood Rain and Other Stories (2014) and  Tableaux: poems of life and creatures (2017). His poems have been anthologized in The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India (Hidden Brook Press, 2013), and published in journals like Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, Chandrabhaga, Muse India, Open Road Review, Modern Literature, Madras Courier, Literary Yard, Tuck Magazine, ONE, The Wagon Magazine etc. He teaches English under the University of Kerala.

 

Soul scan

The word soul has disappeared from poems

for reasons you can’t put your finger on.

It was there freely strewn in them

as long as poets had believed something

 

heaved behind their joys and fears

like the stag lost in deep forest.

Now something possesses poets

that blocks soul from poems.

 

We know the thrill of our meditations on the mountains

is atoms doing trapeze under the roof of our brain;

they no more yield soul to the poet

who knows souls cease where atoms rule.

 

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