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- William Shakespeare


Alka Balain presently resides in Singapore. She is an autoimmune warrior and loves to swim. Her writings have appeared/are forthcoming in Poetry India, The Hooghly Review, Visual Verse, Usawa Literary Review, Kitaab, DREICH, JAACL, Amethyst Review, and elsewhere. She has shared her poems on several platforms; Poetry Festival Singapore (PFS), DLF Gurugram Poetry Festival, St Stephen's Lit Fest, Spoke and Bird etc. Alka organises literary events for the Asian Literary Society.

Alka Balain

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Enormous Smallness

The sunset wears pine trees tippet.
It steals the ebbs of mountains,
variegated colours of foliage and
anoints the sky turmeric.

I sit on the stairs of Bhumiya temple,
poised on the colours of denouement.
The knoll of bells breaks the circle stillness
as the resolute mountains swallow the sun.

At night, I find the sun sleeping on my pillow.
I thought it had set: how it walked the return
trail beyond my ken. It keeps me awake.
I snuggle into the lazy daisy nature it lends.
At dawn, the glory is back in the sky, and
the mountains emerge in the warmth
of His yellow hands.

Bhumiya : a temple in Satkhol, Uttarakhand, India

Title is inspired by Enormous Smallness, a nonfiction picture book about the
poet E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess