the tattered scarecrow:

a raven perches

on its shoulder


fireflies . . .

sparks from a hammer

on the anvil


spring dust

sparrows squabble

in the forenoon


a dry leaf

on the ground . . .

a death’s head moth


a silent gong

inside the pagoda . . .

breaking dawn


cicadas’ abacus. . .


counts her beads



Srinjay Chakravarti is based in Salt Lake City, Calcutta, India. His creative writing has appeared in over 100 publications in 30-odd countries. His first poetry collection received the Salt Literary Award (1995). He has won a $7,500 Dorothy Prize (2008). Website: www.srinjaychakravarti.com