Due to some technical issue, the October issue (Vol. 3, Issue 2) is to be published either in the last week of November or the first week of December, 2022. Inconvenience is regretted.




Prathap Kamath (India)


Of all the things in the world

I love stones

because they seldom miss the target

when thrown with vengeance

or fail to hurt.


I would hurl one into the sky

and it would hit my head with precision,

the pain and the blood are delightful.


I hate people when they are indifferent to me,

so I give them the most beautiful stones

which they throw at me with glee;

it seems there isn’t anything they enjoy more.


They always fail to see the pains

I take to chisel and shine the stones

I give them;

in their yearning to hurt they are blind

to the beauty they hold in their hands.


But I have no regrets as long as

there are stones to carve and gloss,

and my joy in getting hurt.