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Sanjeev Sethi

Two Poems


There were no songs
like in the movies
but my heart sang and surged.
Without definitions
we defined each other.
Hours turned to days,
days to months—
the pace bounced to our beat:
we were wide of mark.
Happiness screeched to a halt
when it was meant to—
we tried making
amends: it never
altered a hill of beans.

Poems by Sanjeev Sethi


Backwash of devotion
may not be beneficial
in its most ordinary meaning.
Thus and thus—
swings dirigible of worship.
In the midst of messiness
gleanings needn’t be gainful.
There may be paucity in
pickings. If superfluities
push the devoutness,
it’s a wasted catalyst.
When there is sanctity
in service, it is for you.


Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three well-received books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). Poems by Sanjeev Sethi are in venues around the world: Mad Swirl, Indefinite Space, Yellow Mama, Soul-Lit, Spirit Fire Review, The Penwood Review, London Grip, 3: AM Magazine, Morphrog 14, and elsewhere. Sanjeev lives in Mumbai, India.

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