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A Leaf

A Leaf

written by: Kalpna Singh-Chitnis



A leaf isn’t just a leaf.
It’s a map of the universe.

A giant highway runs through its spine
and its veins fork, like roads running in all directions.

A leaf takes us on a journey
to our very first home, the tree.

In a leaf, the sun and clouds are hidden,
the moon flakes and bird songs are trapped.

A leaf sitting in my lap, I bring it close to my ear
and hear it like a conch shell, echoing the waves of times.

Kalpna Singh-Chitnis

Kalpna Singh-Chitnis

Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is an Indian American poet, writer, and Editor-in-Chief of Life and Legends. She is the author of four poetry books, and her works have appeared in notable journals like World Literature Today, California Quarterly, Indian Literature, Pirene's Fountain, etc. Her full-length poetry collection Bare Soul was awarded the 2017 "Naji Naaman Literary Prize for creativity." Her awards and honors include the "Bihar Rajbhasha Award," given by the government of Bihar, India, Bihar Shri, and the "Rajiv Gandhi Global Excellence Award." Kalpna's poetry has received praise from eminent writers, scholars, and critics such as Nobel Prize in Literature nominee Dr. Wazir Agha, Vaptsarov Award, and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres recipient Amrita Pritam, Academy Award winning poet, lyricist, and filmmaker Gulzar, and others. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, German, Albanian, Chez, Arabic, Nepali, Hindi, and other Indian languages. Her works have been included in several anthologies. The most recent among them are 100 Great Indian Poems (Bloomsbury, India), Unseen (Skylark Publications, UK), Collateral Damage, Carrying the Branch Poets in Search of Peace (Glass Lyre Press, USA), and Paws Healing the Earth (River Paw Press). A former lecturer of Political Science, Kalpna Singh-Chitnis holds a degree in Film Directing from the New York Film Academy and works as an independent filmmaker in Hollywood.
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