Nefertiti, a poem written by Joy Moitra at



written by: Joy Moitra



I was at the bar
When she came
And sat by me

Our thighs grazed each other’s
As she looked straight into my eyes
Reading criss-crosses on my forehead

You’ve been long dead, she said
With a deadpan face
Didn’t you know that?

I stumbled for words
Floundering through memories
Cobbled lanes

Really, I asked;
She didn’t answer straight
But looked at my eyes red

It was then I remembered her name
The ‘she’ of my troubled dreams
Nefertiti, from an ancient land

Nefertiti, maiden of Thebes
Nefertiti Neferneferuaten
Didn’t know you had slayed me then!

Joy Moitra

Joy Moitra

Joy Moitra would like to introduce himself as someone who likes to juggle with words in his spare time. He loves playing with them and drawing word-pictures. He is a service-industry professional who lives in Kolkata with his wife, daughter and sister. His first book of short poems Fragments & Frames was launched at the Kolkata Book Fair on 8 February 2020.
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