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Pointers, Leitmotif, Cover-Up


We must write the most laudatory validations,
present ourselves with the warmest certificates,
provide the best approval ratings. No-one else
is impatient to ratify our résumé.


In the grocery of my mind, I purchase sass and
serenity to grasp how to procure the right wares
for the right rewards. It’s like being married to
a martinet: obey or opt-out.


Tessera from our mosaic coruscates as the conversation
encourages a crosscut and annuls the accord I had signed
with myself. Misgivings hide us from ourselves: slaphappy,
another phiz unveils itself.

As quelling of consciousness begins: it is easier to maul
formulations of philosophy than issues of exchange and
expediency. Emotion like an egg must cease or create:
the quiet of your thought must question me.

A colubrine turned vein
is akin to our attention
bristling with bothers.
Familiarity with forbearance
directs us towards withdrawing
from certain urges and their appulse.

The actor knows post the ‘hanging’ shot
he is on the roster for the next scene:
the audience, too, is aware of it
but the sway of the sequence betrays them.
Finis is the final port:
we sail like the sea is ceaseless.


Sanjeev Sethi has authored five books of poetry. He is published in over thirty countries. His poems have
found a home in more than 390 journals, anthologies, and online literary venues. Recent credits: Roi
Fainéant Press, The Dillydown Review, Mad Swirl, Stand Magazine, Litter Magazine, and The Best Asian
Poetry 2021-22. He is the joint-winner of Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux, organized by The
Hedgehog Poetry Press UK. He is in the top ten of the erbacce prize 2021 UK. It has over twelve thousand
and five hundred entries. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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