Poetry by Chumki Sharma & Photography by Alexandrina Ana

Ghosts of the Past

Ghost that lives
in my mind
says, “Keep writing.”
“For whom?” I ask.
“For the dead
whom you loved.”

First light of
dawn, of fall,
breeze flutters the
open Gita,
I spin poems
of darkness
on fallen leaves.


The New Bourgeois

Perhaps it is my OCD,
perhaps it’s something else I
do: the dishes, the laundry,
sweep my new Makrana marble,
make my queen bed before
the maid rings the bell, walks in,
makes the bed, sweeps the floors,
does the laundry, the dishes . . .

In the dying light of dusk,
the breeze flutters the dog-eared
Das Kapital.


I am the mask you wear

Smell of The End

A birthday gift from him:
‘Obsession,’ Calvin Klein.
Notes of bergamot, lemon,
musk and vanilla, better
worn after sundown, when a
bit of madness is approved.

“You are my obsession,”
he says. Then, just then, she knows
he will leave soon when the white
heat yields ashes that smell of
funeral incense.

Words—the weight of them, shades, depths,
twists, turns, lies, truths, and their smell.

Single brown leaf midst the green,
lone colour of fall, lover’s mask.


Chumki Sharma is a poet from Calcutta, India. She has been published in leading journals across the world, most recently Atrocity Exhibition, Midnight Lane Boutique, Shot Glass Journal, and Yellow Chair Review. Her chapbook, Running Away With The Garden, is available via Blank Rune Books. To learn more about Chumki, please visit her Facebook.

Alexandrina Ana is a photographer from Bucharest, Romania. Her work was previously exhibited on December 1, 2013, in the city of Alba Iulia, on the occasion of the National Day. To view more of Alexandrina’s photography, please visit Deviant Art and 500px.


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