Defiance by Neetu

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Defiance

She plants perennials
even as he predicts a drought
based on expert forecasts

long-term thinking assures
preparedness, he says,
doubtful it’s a good year
to plant

so what?
she exclaims, her hands
covered in soil
just as certain that Earth
knows better than
to rely on predictions.

© Neetu Malik

Previously published in Writers & Readers Magazine, UK.


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Author Bio
Author Bio
Born in India, Neetu has lived in Austria, England, and Canada before settling in the Eastern USA in 1994. Neetu’s eclectic work reflects her diverse background as she explores the joy and darkness of the human condition in poems and stories noteworthy for their intensity in brief span. Her poetry is published in journals and Anthologies from Australia, USA, UK, and India. Her poem, “Soaring Flames”, was awarded First-Place by the NY Literary Magazine (2017). She has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 2019 for her poem “Sacred Figs” published by Kallisto Gaia Press in their Ocotillo Review in May, 2018.
  • Dreamcatcher by Neetu

    she gathers dreams that were
    shattered in the last storm
    fragments burnt and charred
    when lightning struck, turned
    an armful of hopes to ash—
    she laces them into a willow hoop

  • Water Lilies by Neetu

    wetting my feet
    in the old pond

    I pause           to remember

  • Curiosity by Neetu

    how many steps
    to the edge of the world
    she wants to know

  • Growing Feathers by Neetu

    we were wingless
    until we knew love

    our breathless breath
    lifted us
    into rainbows

  • Where the River Ends by Neetu

    in its gurgling sprint
    toward the sea

    this river into which
    I empty love’s ashes—

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Born in India, Neetu has lived in Austria, England, and Canada before settling in the Eastern USA in 1994. Neetu’s eclectic work reflects her diverse background as she explores the joy and darkness of the human condition in poems and stories noteworthy for their intensity in brief span. Her poetry is published in journals and Anthologies from Australia, USA, UK, and India. Her poem, “Soaring Flames”, was awarded First-Place by the NY Literary Magazine (2017). She has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 2019 for her poem “Sacred Figs” published by Kallisto Gaia Press in their Ocotillo Review in May, 2018.
  • Veronica says:

    Hi Neetu, Love this poem! Time to water my perennials.

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