Thursday 24 November 2022

Sanket Mhatre, Poetry 2022 First Prize

Butterflies Have Odd Jobs

Butterflies have odd jobs here

of leading you to the beach

or misleading you –

deep into coconut groves

where stories of faint shorelines

merge with crumbling mansions

covered in half foliage

and derelict truths

The monarchs leave a trail of silence

As they show you around

Reserved tour-guides

their flutter isn’t restless but

a surreal dance of organized harmony

They aren’t looking for milkweeds alone

but for a lost address and a house with no name

before they turn homewards

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