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  • Poem: White Roses
  • Poem: Witching Hour

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  • Witching Hour
    by R J Kalpana

    A half wild rose caught
    Between the pages of an old book
    The petals fall with a
    Puff of fragrance

    Watching incantations murmured over
    Dragonfly wings, batís eyes
    Mandrake roots, catís bones
    Crushed pearls stained with blood

    So the petals fall raising
    Dusts of memories like
    Bits of torn parchment
    Curling at the edges

    Carelessly she picks a full blown rose
    Unmindful of blood tipped thorns
    She plucked at its petals Ė pink silk
    Crinkling with her touch

    Letís the first one fall Ė for magic spells
    The second for one true love
    The third perhaps for witching hours
    To find the ending she seeks.

    R J Kalpana holds a doctorate in English. Her publications include a 3-volume set on Feminist Issues in Literature and Temple Dreams, a book of poetry. Her free verse and haiku poems are published in India and abroad. A management consultant by profession, she has authored a Monograph of a Theosophist and is Editor of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. She also conducts Creative Writing Workshops for the British Council in India.

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