Seed – A Poem by Anshu Johri



Not in the turbulence of contained fire

Rapacious to rake a green forest

Smoldering in my heart

Or on a mountain of solitude


Not in the quaint desire,

To hold multiple moons in my palms

Forcing oceans to drape me with waves

Or in the fear of being a dead worm

Caught in the beak of a wild bird


But know, I sought you in inconsequential matter

Like breathing every moment

Urge of thirst for water

Need of sleep when the night fell

Or turning around

When your name was called


See, it was a wind that brushed aside

Layers of soil within me

Exposing a buried, dormant seed,

Feigning dead, breathing clandestinely

An existence within my existence

Mine but not mine.

That’s when I started watering you.

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Anshu Johri authors short stories, poems and plays in English and Hindi. She has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University, California and is a hardware engineer by profession. Her work in English has appeared in “Dukool”, “Vine leaves Literary Journal”, “Calliope”, “Creation and Criticism”, “Caesura (online)”, and an anthology “Desi Girls” published by Hope Road Publishing U.K. Her published works in Hindi include "Khule Prishtha" (Bare Pages- collection of poems, 1990), "Shesh Phir" (More Later…Collection of short stories, 2004), "Boond ka Dwandwa" (Dilemma of a Raindrop- A collection of poems, 2014) and "Adrishya Kinara (Invisible Shores- Collection of stories, 2015. Now also available as an audiobook at Her poems and stories have appeared in reputed Hindi Literary Journals of the world. She was a guest speaker at a discourse on “New Feminism and New Responses” among other writers from different languages, organized by the Sahitya Academy of India, Bangalore in June 2015. Besides writing, her other passions are theatre, painting and music. She lives in San Jose, California. You can read more about her below: