The winter rains Rains appear all of a sudden In the middle of January Spilling into A winter of dry coughs Wetted by grief An unseasonal spell Brings it all out The rains pound Drowning winter bloom Before they slow down Every now and then You can hear the sorrow In puddles of muck in your front yard Even inside your kitchen The sound of a spatula With a thin edge Narrow blades Without an omelet Inside an empty pan Just flipping sadness On a medium flame
Vandana Kumar is a French teacher, translator, recruitment consultant, Indie Film Producer, cinephile and poet residing in New Delhi, India. Her poems have been published in national and international websites, journals and anthologies of repute. Her cinema articles appear regularly in ‘Just-cinema’ and ‘The Daily Eye’. She was a jury member for the ‘All India Poetry Competition’ organized by ‘Cocoa-Butter’ and also co-edited their debut print anthology that resulted from this competition. Her debut collection of poems ‘Mannequin Of Our Times’ was published in February 2023. The book has been awarded The Panorama International Book Award 2023.