Photography © Linda Matthews-Denham


Loneliness Gardens Loneliness

I should have made some tea
for you and instead, I served
loneliness in bed.

My father savoured the same
until the day he didn’t and died.
You looked at me.

I sprawl like a spoilt garden
at the estuary of spring.
My father’s seeds turn into saplings.


Kushal Poddar is the author of eight books, including Postmarked Quarantine. He is a journalist, father, and the editor of Words Surfacing. His works have been translated into twelve languages, published across the globe.

Linda Matthews-Denham lives in the countryside along the Thames River in Berkshire, England. Her passion is photography, photo restoration and art history of Paris. She also works very closely with many British authors restoring images for publication.