Tuesday Poem: A secret I don’t mind you knowing, by Saradha Koirala

I’m easily awkward.

Clumsy elbows in doorframes
I can fall over from a standing start.

I pull my temper
like colourful scarves
endlessly from clownish sleeves.


And Friday after work
I carry my wine bottle
like a bludgeon.

Never give a sword to one who can’t dance.
Sometimes I smell of washing
left too long alone.

But I’m no hit mallard
no twist of neck and feathers
I heal up just fine.

Pink skin blinking beneath a swift dry lid.

Credit note: “A secret I don’t mind you knowing” is included in Saradha Koirala’s new poetry collection Tear Water Tea and is reproduced here by permission of the author.

Tim says:  This elusive yet self-possessed poem showcases the tantalising word choices and economy of utterance I enjoy so much about Saradha Koirala’s poetry. You can find out lost more about Saradha and her work in my interview with her, which I’ll posting later this week. (I also recommend Saradha’s poem Tika, and the following in-depth examination of Saradha’s work by Harvey Molloy.)

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday Poem: A secret I don’t mind you knowing, by Saradha Koirala

  1. Some wonderfully original images in this poem. The idea of pulling one's temper out of one's sleeves as a magician pulls forth colourful scarves. And then the ending which has a kind of twist in it for me. As if the writer acknowledges having displayed vulnerability and then denies it by being vulnerable. 'But I’m no hit mallardno twist of neck and feathersI heal up just fine.Pink skin blinking beneath a swift dry lid.'

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