Rascal, or: Dusht (दुष्ट)

An Ovi

The imp caused a hullabaloo
Pouring out her sister's shampoo
Into their mom's fruit chutney stew-
How both wanted to punch her!

They chased her from the bungalow
Like juggernauts with dad in tow
Through the veranda (what a show!),
Their metal bangles jangling.

d’Verse poetics: The Indian connection

At d’Verse, we were encouraged to write poems that include four of the following words from the Indian subcontinent that have made their way into English:

  • Avatar
  • Bangles
  • Bandana
  • Bungalow
  • Cashmere
  • Catamaran
  • Chit
  • Chutney
  • Dinghy
  • Juggernaut
  • Jungle
  • Hullabaloo
  • Punch
  • Shampoo
  • Veranda

I opted for a poem in ‘ovi’ form because it is from the Marathi Region of India.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

40 thoughts on “Rascal, or: Dusht (दुष्ट)”

  1. Loved it! You’ve captured the impishness of childhood beautifully, David. 😊

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