Two Poems by Sonnet Mondal

By Sonnet Mandel


Unusual Shiver in Winter Days

Photo by David Nilsen.

She was a creeping winter,
coiling and settling into the wardrobe
of my lined collections-

of cassettes and clothes
(Scattered in a bachelor’s room)

Suits arranged by brands
fragranced by sensuous nights
brought by you moulded me
into a gentleman
below uncombed hairs
and unwashed hands.

I was into lessons to be clean
I was feeding on my love.

From a scrappy life
beside a pond
abound with weeping cranes
she was the only fish
in front of my hungry beak.

Short-lived and destructive
as most pleasures are
I am wedged back
back into an untidy shiver

from an act worthy of no mercy.


Blue-Collar Twister

Sweat tries to swim upwards through the hairs
of a labourer building the statue of the herald
but fails and falls in the soil sucked up by heat and
Vanishes as a struggling animal in quicksand;
Dreams drain and entity turns into fossils as slippers
walk over it.
His weapons are a chisel and spade;
He lifts them to protest but vacuum wailing in the curves
of his muscles make it fall again on the mummified ground;
just to dig, dig the ground for
the Herald’s statue must stand firm
or his existence will be buried under its
falling weight…
Toils will evaporate with the smile of the moon
The dawn will hear sounds again-
sounds of iron striking against rocks.
The air waits to weave those sounds
and strike a twister with them-
Tall enough for the world to see
bold enough to step over mountains
Clear enough to show the waving hands
begging a day out of slavery.

Sonnet Mondal is the founder of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. He has authored eight books of poetry and has performed on invitation at Struga Poetry Evenings, Macedonia in 2014 and Uskudar International Poetry Festival, Istanbul in 2015. Most recently he has been invited to deliver talks at the XII International Poetry Festival of Granada, Nicaragua, in 2016.
Sonnet is currently one of the featured writers at International Writing Program at The University of IOWA-Silk Routes Project funded by the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Sonnet was featured as one of the Famous Five of Bengali Youths in India Today magazine in 2010 and was long listed in The Forbes Magazine’s top 100 Celebrities 2014 edition among India’s most celebrated authors. Later in March 2015 The CultureTrip website, London listed him among the Top Five Literary Entrepreneurs of Indian English Poetry.
His works have appeared in Business Insider, The Mcneese Review, the Sheepshead Review, Two Thirds North, Penguin Review, Burning Word literary Journal, The Adroit Journal, California State Poetry Quarterly, Connotation Press and Nth Position etc. (Website

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