“Auscultation” by Sanjeev Sethi

Halcyon and hurtful coexist in an apiary.

On helicon’s rote appropriate ones reveille.

In the middle of a horseshoe of memories

I mime the lines I need to hear. They carry

affection of an autograph in an unknown

language. No-one knows of cliffhangers

cached by pitchmen of polluted cosmos

in their verbal chitty chitty bang bang  

in public space as the spotlight is on them.

In the ghetto of my mind I seek security

in crisscross of words and nonwords.

Iterance nettles me. Silence is my thing

except when I’m with myself.


Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). A Best of the Net nominee (2017 & 2018), his poems are in venues around the world: Poydras Review, Miller’s Pond, Litbreak, Red Savina Review, Blognostics, The Best of Mad Swirl: v2017!, Formercactus, Ink Pantry, Amethyst Review, and otherwhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.


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