R.K. Singh

Ram Krishna Singh, an Indian English poet, has been writing for about four decades. A retired professor of  English in a technical university in Dhanbad, India, he has published more than 160 research articles, 175 book reviews and 44 books, including Sexless Solitude and Other Poems (2009), Sense and Silence: Collected Poems (2010), New and Selected Poems Tanka and Haiku (2012), God Too Awaits Light (2017) and Growing Within (2017). His haiku and tanka have been internationally read and appreciated. 

 

From my Bhutan Diary, 1973-74

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1. BODY'S HEAT

 

In labours' colony

she is coupled 

whole night and gets

 

abused and flogged

in the morning

lover turns ruffian

 

on blue black sheet

stains dry up by

the body's heat

 

2. NUDE

 

Near the railway track

she squats with hands on the knees

and hides her parts

in half-dark the naked truth

transforms nature into nude

 

3. TANGLED GAME

 

He looks intently and chews

her flesh before she feels

the oily warmth and bursts

 

her naked anger he fails

to do down in the bamboo rustles

 

the rock slips and he balls up

his own tangled game

 

4. NEWER TALES

 

Sex-torn women

half-live with murdered desires

weaving dreams of flesh

in Deothang their fingers lean

on looms with newer tales