Poet of the Month: Kalpna Singh-Chitnis

Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is the author of Bare Soul (winner of 2017 “Naji Naaman Literary Award”) and three collections of poems in Hindi. She received the prestigious “Bihar Rajbhasha Award” given by the government of Bihar, India, for her first poetry collection Chand Ka Paivand (Patch of Moon) in 1987, and the title of “Bihar Shri” (Jewel of Bihar) in 1988. She is also the recipient of 2014 “Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award” for her contributions to literature and cinema. Kalpna’s work has been widely published and translated into many languages.

Three poems of Kalpna Singh-Chitnis


The Last Leaf

Winds speak to me.
The last time when I heard them
running wild in my street
they spoke an ill omen.
Who knows what happened that day…

Tonight the winds are back again.
And I wonder – “what for?”
The last leaf of a sweet memory
trembles in my autumn garden…
I shall never speak to the winds ever again.



I just want to be
a cat or an owl,
anything but a human.

Let me be a cat for the day
and take a nap,
while you run barefoot
in a thornfield.


The Last Wish

The dead writes its own eulogy
and grows flowers for its grave
in a sand garden.

Everything is ready now,
one just needs a push.
Come on, give me a hand!

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