Places You Don’t Want to Find a Spider

In my summer creative writing course, I wrote a few poems and a few lists. Here is a list turned into a poem.

Places You Don’t Want to Find a Spider

In the shower
In your bed
In your closet
On your head
Tangled up
In your hair
Around your house
Everywhere

In your pocket
In your shoe
Where’d it go?
Not a clue
In your sandwich
Then your mouth
Steadily
Moving south

In your toothpaste
In your lawn
Until, squish
Spider’s gone.

© Sohini Kumar

Clockmaker

Clockmaker

Gears and wheels in place
Assembled with care and grace
Practiced fingers laid
Among tools of the trade
A steel file to create shape
A calliper, so wheels don’t escape
A hammer, some pliers, a saw
Observing the clockmaker’s law.
Deftness has grown on his hands
Now time obeys his every command.

© Sohini Kumar

The Thought Leaf

In my creative writing course, we all wrote a peom modelled after The Thought Fox by Ted Hughes. This is what I came up with.

I stare at the blankness
The blankness stares at me
I hear the clock’s tired whisper
And my quiet breaths.

Outside, cold air ushers people inside
And autumn leaves hover
Clinging to branches for their meaningless lives
Until one falls
And falls
And falls

I stretch my fingertips
Sure I will catch it
Nearly there, nearly there
Until a gust of wind whisks it away
And it falls
And falls
And falls away.

And I look back at the page
Stare at the blankness
As it stares back at me.

© Sohini Kumar