Losing Skin Into The Deep · Kushal Poddar

We peer my friend’s goldfish jar
adrift in the sea, follow it
wave by wave; my friend feels pride;
I hark for any conversation that
the goldfish may strike with
some free fish in the deep brine.

This follows the day I peeped inside
my wife’s mouth to meet my child
and decided the osmosis is the best process
for a hallowed being.
“Grow.” I urged the embryo. “into a human.”

“Your religion…” my friend says something
I pay no heed to and think about the goldfish
adrift in a case for claustrophobia.
“Your politics…” My friend changes the topic
I pay no heed to and think about the sacred,
free and rooted, its osmosis, our failures


Kushal Poddar is the author of The Circus Came To My Island (Spare Change Press, Ohio), A Place For Your Ghost Animals (Ripple Effect Publishing, Colorado Springs), Understanding The Neighborhood (BRP, Australia), Scratches Within (Barbara Maat, Florida), Kleptomaniac's Book of Unoriginal Poems (BRP, Australia), Eternity Restoration Project – Selected and New Poems (Hawakal Publishers, India) and Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse – A Prequel (Alien Buddha Press)