How to start a conversation?

Sun on my neck speaks of its warm presence
and lift the veil of the darkness
like that cup of that warm leftover milk
curdled like my thoughts
sitting and getting consummated by the fall of the day
and soon the night will come bearing the
shadows of the doubts
the moon will scoop the fallen light
in this palms and smear across his face
as he always does every night
reflecting beauty in the borrowed light
the silence into soliloquy with night
will speak in a thousand unborn tongues
and I sit here tight-lipped
tongue shredded between the teeth
thinking of the
string of words
lodged in my throat
to bring an end
to this deep silence
lurking between you and me.


Poet Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is also a contributing author at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, FVR Publishing, Whisper and the Roar and Poets Corner. Her works have been featured in GoDogGoCafe, Whisper and the Roar, Duane Poetree, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Poets Corner, Modern poetry, Spillwords Press, Indian periodicals, Literary heist, Little Rose Magazine, The Quiet Corner, Writer’s Cafe Magazine, and coming up in Modern Literature, KOAN (Paragon Press), Dime Show Review and many more. She recently won the 1st prize in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry Contest.

Photographer Jennifer Matthews’ poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Street Press poetry books and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffeehouses, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital.