Sanjeev Sethi’s poems are deeply meditative


Sanjeev Sethi’s poems are an inward turning to the self. They are deeply meditative, the poet speaking to himself as it were. They lay bare the heart, but there is no sentimentality, there is in fact a distancing from the subject matter. The language is carefully worded, and poetic prisms are captured in a nuanced manner. A committed poet for the last few decades Sethi brings to the world of poetry a fresh world inhabited by longings and the existence of being human, in a human world.


Yesterday, after years —
when you sauntered towards me
in a burnished strapless bodice,
your auburn hair still pampered…
I realized, chemicals are liable for love.
Because I was alone
you felt entitled to intrude.
I am not anti people —
my point is against presumptions.
After years of drinking,
alone in dives —
I have learnt not to leer
at my left or right.
Your presence
with those sad restless eyes
ruined this refinement.
Pain doesn’t explain itself.
It weighs in as a verdict.
An incomplete ruling.
One knows not
if one will
be weakened
or washed out by it.
Boil is as sharp as a stab wound.
In the republic of pain democracy prevails.
There is no hierarchy, no heirloom.
There were flaskets of foison.
They had to be sheared.
You came unbidden.
With you came
the scythe, the sickle.
Granary is glowing.
Two energies, so unalike.
One was a windstorm.
The other a whiff.
Both cleansed my cadence
and winnowed my ways.
Between binaries there is breath.
So many roseate summers ruined
by sermons to self,
fumbling to fit
into form not destined.
Purities of inner pilgrimages
helped me upping
myself as an accepter.
If only I had the humility
to unriddle dispatches
superscribed on the skyline,
this passage would be something else.

About the poet: Author of two well-received books of poetry, Suddenly For Someone (Atma Ram & Sons, Delhi 1988) and Nine Summers Later (Har-Anand, New Delhi 1997), SANJEEV SETHI is a media person who at different phases of his career has written for newspapers, magazine s and journals. He has produced radio and television programs. His poems have found a home in The London Magazine, The Fortnightly Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, 3 Quarks Daily, Lemon Hound, Poetry & Prose Daily – Paper. li, Poetry Australia, Eastlit, Indian Literature, Journal of the Poetry Society (India), The Indian P.E.N., Literature Alive, journal of the British Council (India), Delhi Gymkhana Club Ltd. Centenary Souvenir, The Statesman, The Hindu, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha works in the Indira Gandhi National Open University, Shillong (Meghalaya) as an Academic Administrator. He has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. He has six collections of poetry and his forms have been published world wide. Some of his poems are due to appear soon in an Anthology of Indian Poetry in English to be published by Harper Collins.