#46. Dr Archana Bahadur Zutshi

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Mitigated Response

Not one or two but five of them,

Caught in a limbo, it was a knock,

Sudden, as the preparations were on –

Of the long awaited marriage of their aging daughter.

She too was among those

Who boarded the ambulance, 

Quarantine zone was awaiting them

Away from home.


People seem to have been nudged

Into a slow motion jamboree,

The protestations, quirky medication bills,

Have failed their nerves.


They all huddled gradually in the omnibus,

Sauntered into the waiting hulk

As the driver kept reminding

It was not solely at their command.


My afterthoughts were the wedding

Is still twelve days apart,

Mitigating, unsuspecting snatches.

How slow life has become

And death seems to be in a snatching hurry!

Dr Archana Bahadur Zutshi has two volumes of poetry, Poetic Candour and The Speaking Muse, available on Amazon. She is a bilingual poet – translator, author of chapters in literary texts and  co-author of twelve international anthologies. An accomplished poet who has been a judge for online contests and a winner several times, the ‘Culturium’ (March 18, 2019) features her and her poems. Her works have appeared in All Poetry, United by Ink, Spillwords, Confluence, Setu, The Bilingual Journal, The Madras Courier, MirrorSpeak and the  Indian Journal of Comparative Literature  and Translation Studies.

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