Amlanjyoti Goswami’s spring


Two Sisters

The first time, clanging utensils next door
A little late for washing, but who knows.
The cold knows no reason

Then, the swish and splash of a bath. Our bath.
The door opens
A bucket lying idle, dust borne ages

We felt something, a shiver,
Blamed it on the cold
The spirits inside

Then, finally, a knock
On the door, we open, finally.
And let the spring air in

Two sisters, the chowkidar said at morning.
They come and go
Sometimes, they are in the village festivals too

Once they slapped the new engineer
Like a breeze,
Asked for tea, laughed.

They laugh, so lovely,
They are, so beautiful, like air and water
And the dark forest nearby.



Sunlight talks to Zenzi these days.
She mumbles, yes
And sunlight listens, and falls in love slanted.
All quiet, they talk a silent language.
Her eyes follow, light’s trail,
Hopscotch plays, now dappling here, now there.
She is surprised, and shows it!
How light moves, so swift, a comet’s tail.
Her eyes turn, earth and venus,
Waiting for light’s next move, cat and mouse.

Amlanjyoti Goswami’s poems have appeared in The Caravan, Mint, IQ: The Indian Quarterly, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and The North East Review. His stories have been published by Himal SouthAsian andPapercuts: Desi Writers Lounge. He grew up in Guwahati, Assam and lives in Delhi.

2 thoughts on “Amlanjyoti Goswami’s spring”

  1. I love the mystery & magic of “Two Sisters”. Spring is late coming to where I live, but it is finally coming – and both these beautiful poems are adding to the joy of it.

  2. Lovely to see these poems – they create a great atmosphere. I like “the cold knows no reason”. The last verse of Two Sisters is beautiful. Not sure what Zenzi means in this context but it adds a lovely sense of mystery. I love the sunlight having an identity – gorgeous.

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