The Pause / Neera Kashyap

The pause….

a space like a pinhole or the universe inviting change and expression,

an interval incomplete…

for it passes yet

invites participation….immersion

not in the notes of a song or the sigh of the wind but in


Creating new rhythms….

defining the anger that came before

inviting it into its womb,

defining what follows….

anger subdued or anger dissolved?

Incomplete, yes…but not dead air or vapid space

to be filled with clutter – more anger, more anxiety.

The pause…..

is trust and surrender to the unknown,

it knows what came before and what will come,

sets them apart from one another

in ways that may transform.

The pause…

is equidistant from both anger and unfoldment,

equal in giving light to both.

Neera Kashyap has had a career in environmental & health journalism and communication. She has authored a book of short stories for young adults Daring to Dream, (Rupa & Co.) and contributed to five prize-winning anthologies of children’s literature (Children’s Book Trust). As a writer of short fiction, poetry, book reviews and essays, her work has appeared in literary journals and poetry anthologies published in the USA, UK, Singapore, Pakistan and India. The anthologies include ‘Hibiscus’ & ‘Shimmer Spring’ (Hawakal Publishers, India), ‘The Kali Project’ (Indie Blue Publishers, USA), Poetica 1 & 2 (Clarendon Publishing, UK), the ‘Anthology of Erotic poetry’, (Red River, India), ‘Freedom Raga’ (Exceller Books, India) & ‘Peacocks in a dream’ (Erothanatos, India), with poems due to appear in forthcoming collections.

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