Gopika Nath – Masala Chai

Nath LE P&W 4 Nov-Dec 2023

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14th Anniversary Edition, Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Volume Four Nov-Dec 2023.

Masala Chai, poem by Gopika Nath.

Masala Chai

The morning cup always tastes good
but as it diminishes, I see stains
In my porcelain-white teacup

Perfect circles marking the gravity
of stagnant moments; and a smudge of brown
where the froth had been roused

And, when it’s almost all been drunk,
tell-tale marks remind of paths crossed
Of embarrassment, guilt and blame

For views that imposed and I could not
stand up for myself. Irritated by reflections
that weren’t what I’d like to see,

I gulped the murky dregs, scoured the cup
with some Vim and a Scotchbrite

Lines above the brow remained

© Gopika Nath

Gopika Nath is a textile artist-craftsman who stitches and writes, threading her syllables into poetry, creative non-fiction and art reviews, where her art practice provides a mirror to the self. Her writings have been  published in Bengalaru Review, Brown Critique, Lakeview International Journal of Literature, 100 subtexts, Garland Magazine, Varta, Verve and others. Fulbright Scholar, alumnus of Central St. Martins School of Art and Design [UK], Gopika lives and works in Goa, India.

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