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quarantined in this cocoon
of surreal time,
where the entire world is imaginal,
girdled,
in home isolation.

this liminality,
sudden and so unexpected,

spinning fear and panic,
dreams and magic,
on the threshold of a new dimension.

memory flutters on variegated wings,
the rainbow colours of new life
and new hope—

waiting for the pupa to burst
its silken prison
of turgid darkness

into the butterfly-bright
clear light of day.

Srinjay Chakravarti is a writer, editor and translator based in Salt Lake City, Calcutta, India. He was educated at St Xavier’s College, Calcutta and at universities based in Calcutta and New Delhi. University degrees: B.Sc. (Economics honors), M.A. (English). A former journalist with The Financial Times Group, his creative writing, including poetry, short fiction and translations, has appeared in over 150 publications in 30-odd countries. His first book of poems Occam’s Razor received the Salt Literary Award from John Kinsella in 1995. He has won first prize ($7,500) in the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Poetry Competition 2007–08. Visit his website here

Kolkata, India

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