Saturday, May 23, 2015

Special Feature Collaborative Poem--By Sheikha A.--Pakistan/United Arab Emirates and Suvojit Banerjee--India

In Kafka Dreams

By Sheikha A. and Suvojit Banerjee

The keys have been tapping on their own;
my pen moves to its metronomic ticking
the way Marquez poured under the rain
in his head; the silence lengthy, the story
trapped in air; Kafka’s ‘giant insect’

metamorphosed; black like the unknown
Morse codes travelling from Austrian graves
where Kafka sleeps in his box of magic

when my Marquez self looks for relationship
with life – from his ghost the way to move
away from intellectuality – towards Aracataca,
and heat, dusty swirling banana leaves

in anticipation for the greatest singular line
that can capture fish falling from the sky –
the man that disappears isn’t really a man
but a brave leaper ready to strike a deal –
a dead space in between – a proliferation

of poetry seeking mind’s warmth and insanity.
Kafka, the provocateur/Marquez, the lover; dying
railroads to nowhere, the sounds of inconsequential
things. Faceless people haunt me to create Odysseys
from where I disappeared into the fog to come back
unscathed in body and tattered in soul, waiting
for the taps of keys to turn into whispers, the sea
to divide the Noah’s Ark. Miracles seldom happen.

Kafka’s insect hangs in my dream by a thread;
and all I see is a house, like a spectre with eyes
glowing green.

Authors' note : Inspired from an interview of Marquez in the Paris Review. Link:


  1. Powerful engaging poem. Kickass concluding stanza. Enjoyed reading very much. Nalini Priyadarshni.

    1. thank you for reading, Nalini! 😊

  2. Sheikha and Suvojit -- it works! Wow, wow, wow it works! Congratulations to both of you. Sharing. -- Laura

    1. thank you so much, Laura 😊😊

  3. Dear Sheikha and Suvojit,

    I am glad you already have two comments addressing the power of this wonderful poem. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Wishing you ongoing success with your writing.


    1. thank you for accepting this poem, Karen!! 😊

  4. Suvojit and Sheika,
    Nice to read your brilliant poem on what I guess must be a very honorable figure.

  5. Fantastic poem, I was transfixed by the words.

    1. thank you for reading and appreciating, Rusty Sivey!

  6. Wonderful collaboration Suvojit and Sheika! And welcome to Whispers. I will look forward to more of your collaborations and single poems. Thank you for sharing your talents with us here.

    1. thank you for your kind words, Charlene 😊

  7. Thank you, Isha Wagner, for the following--

    This is a haunting poem full of strange images of Kafka's world. I was a serious reader of Kafka long ago and I thank these two poets for again bringing him to life and memory. They have both written with much feeling and understanding of Kafka. Admirable.

    Yours sincerely
    Isha Wagner

    1. we're so glad you enjoyed the poem, Isha! Karen, thank you for sharing Isha's comment with us 😊

  8. An intensely creative and amazing collaboration! The imagery in this poem leaps off the page. Congratulations to both of you on a very fine poem!

    1. Robin, thank you ever so much for always reading and supporting ! 😊👍

  9. I don't know how I missed this, guys, but you did a wonderful collaboration here. The melding of two minds is so amazing and yours is, too! Wonderful job! Very deep and clever! S

  10. She Sta, thank you for reading and commenting, I'm glad you spotted the poem to read it 😊 I know I tend to miss out on good work too for sometimes lagging or because of internet troubles! but, I try to catch up as and when!

  11. My goodness you are a prolific poet, Sheikha A. :)