‘Morning’ by Prathap Kamath

Water boils in the steel pot

held over the blue flame;


bubbles rising from the bottom

as small as mustard seeds


move up in a tornado

growing as they swirl to surface


big and strong as life

when they burst with a plop.


Motor draws water from the well

sends it to the overhead tank;


water running up the pipe

singing songs of a forest stream


rushes out into the tank

like a snake out of the sack.


Water high under the summer sky

awaiting orders to flow down.

Poet’s Bio:

Prathap Kamath teaches English literature at University of Kerala. He has published a collection of poems Ekalavya: a book of poems.His is poems have appeared in several journals of national and international repute and  anthologies namely The Poetry of War and Peace and Words on the Winds of Change, both published from Canada by www.blurb.com. He is one among the 150 poets featured in The Dance of the Peacock-An Anthology of English Poetry from India published by Hidden Brook Press, Canada. He is also a short story writer.  Blood Rain and Other Stories (Delhi: LiFi, 2014) is his first collection of stories in English.


Illustration by Alan Van Every (Featured image on the front page)

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