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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Smitha Sehgal is a legal professional and poet who divides her time between Delhi and Calicut, her beloved seaside home. Her poems are featured in contemporary literary publications such as Usawa Literary Review, Madras Courier, Poetica Review, Arkana, Panoply and elsewhere.

Smitha Sehgal

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Do not ask me to dance
I eat green walls
in a meditative state of bowed legs
ripening into eternity

Do not ask me to dance
I am not your perfect synchrony
holding breath, lifting a limb, blizzard
in rapture

Do not ask me to dance
I am the undulating river
flooding plains, unrhythmic,
refusing to flow into Ocean.