Mother Tongue Poems – Pratheesh Ramachandran

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Illustration by Malaika Sujeet

1.

Preserved in glass jar with

Pollen cells, tiny fish and sparrows

With sighs, secret love and

Premature death,

With mooring clouds, hornets

And grasshoppers,

 

Preserved in glass jar

Smells of a womb, blood

Pubic hair and plucked

Tongue of my mother

 

2.

Swaying inside the seashell,

Breathing salt and storms

 

I recollected a

Language that was

Misplaced

Underwater

 

Birds anchored on my body

Naked and

Unuttered

 

Heralding

Fathomless

Blue

Words

 

3.

Broken pot

In the backyard

 

Clouds, wind and the waning

Moon within

 

Waveless

Resonating my breath

On its surface

An eclipse in water

 

4.

Swimming across the river

I bring back home

 

Smell of the mangroves

Fish and

Oysters

 

Drifts along the whole night

My raft

An insomniac

 

5.

Stone gathered from

Strange rivers

 

As I moved my fingertips

On its bare skin

It molted

And spewed up incense of

My grandmothers and mountains

 

Sleeping beside my pillow

It began chanting in ancient

Accent of water

 

6.

A bowl of water

Placed in humid light

 

Wrapped in whorl wind

Birds half dead,

Sighs of the reptile,

Rust on my genitals,

 

Water

Curated me on these

Walls and shelves and floors

 

I must stay here,

Colorless,

Eyelids molted.

Pratheesh Ramachandran was born  1987 Kerala, India . A bilingual Poet and artist. Has published Three poetry collections in Malayalam language.Poetry  installations recently featured in GUFTUGU and poem in GLASGOW REVIEW. Another couple of poems to be appeared in INK,SWEAT AND TEARS, RAUM and LOSSLIT. He Lives and works in Kerala.

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