For Sandra Beasley

[“I’ve been up all night, writing about writing,
while the cat circles. There are worse ways to
kick off November.” 31st October.]


Night draws circles

Along the cat’s paws,

Night pauses over

The hand that writes,
Your words write

And erase the written,

The cat redraws

And erases the circles,
Between cat and you

Falls a shadow,

October’s fading gaze

Watching you

Lose yourself afresh




Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee is an author and poet from Delhi. His poems have appeared in The London Magazine, New Welsh Review, The Fortnightly Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, The Postcolonialist, George Szirtes’ Blog, Warscapes, First Proof: The Penguin Books of New Writing from India (Volume 5), The Missing Slate, The Little Magazine. His first collection of poetry, Ghalib’s Tomb and Other Poems (2013), was published by The London Magazine Editions.