“The Green Instruction Manual” by Dr. Amit Shankar Saha

Take out a month of green
from your April heart.
Spread a quicksilver green
on the whitewashed walls.
Paint a gut-wrenching green
on the palls of spring.
Smear a vermillion green
on the hands of winds.
Read on the beaks of time
the green of a song.
Touch the green of your voice
on the lips of birds.
Sip some green of absence
from.the watch of faces.
And at last tell memory
how you want it green.

Dr. Amit Shankar Saha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Seacom Skills University. He is also a widely published award-winning short story writer and poet. He has won the Poiesis Award for Excellence in Literature, Wordweavers Prize, Nissim International Runner-up Prize for Poetry, Kavi Salam Award amongst other awards. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He is the co-founder of Rhythm Divine Poets and the Assistant Secretary of Intercultural Poetry and Performance Library. He is also on the Editorial Boards of many publications like Ethos Literary Journal, the Journal of Bengali Studies and Virasat Art Publication. He has been a delegate poet at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, Ethos Literary Festival and Sahitya Akademi. He has co-edited a collection of short stories titled “Dynami Zois.” His debut collection of poems is titled “Balconies of Time” and his second volume of poetry is titled “Fugitive Words”.

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