Basanti has arrived ... Hallelujah

By Marinella Proença

The cogu echoes its koyal song
glibly — pitching its scores along
spring’s tapestry: of birthing pods
green arrows pinned to nudist fronds
And so I look for seasons’ signs
Of new beginnings, evolving climes
that cheat ol’ winter’s wrinkled mind
with virtual treats: of mutiny.

Bumble-bee in black yet blue
locks musket-drawn on shoe-flower tube
Pinks and reds and yellows anew
marching forth through pin-hole view
Lepidop wings flit-tango along
Unrepentant — for their closet anon
But for them, journey’s end begins upon
an orgasm: of colourful blasphemy.


Read the full poem in our print anthology ‘The Brave New World of Goan Writing 2018.’ Buy the anthology here.

Marinella Proença resides in Calangute, Goa, the village which inspired her first book of poetry Heart Beat: Poems Awakening Goan Memories, (Goa, 2008). In 2008, Marinella was invited to release the book by the Goan Association in Canada, at the Global Goan Convention. The book has had a successful run, and it has been catalogued by 11 American Universities including Yale and Cornell, and it also sits on the shelves of The Library of Congress, Washington D.C..