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Two Poems

By Binu Karunakaran 

Novena to St. Broom

Greetings, Almighty Tool! Tender fibres of sweeping change,
elongated thorns of bloody grace, held by a solid grip. Deliverer
of the will of masses, whom in a single breath we adore
and loathe. Blessed shepherd of the weak, we read your never-failing
intercessions as patterns on scrolls made of the sheep you
skinned. Hydra-headed patron of words rhyming with doom, vrooming
ahead on an autobahn, wield power, till we tip you into the dustpan.

Novena to St. Crude

Thank you, subterranean redeemer of inky gold, viscous Eucharist
of our daily black mass, beamed up a sphincter from abysmal
vaults. Celebrant priest, merciful ghoul who make us partake
in the primeval dead that lights our hearth, befoul the food
of unborn, we thank you for twinning us to your loving soul. Mephisto,
sweet crude, pious steward, mortals delight to behold
the wind you break, now fracking up fast the pale blue dot.


Binu Karunakaran is a poet, translator, and journalist based in Kochi, India. In 2012, he was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship for writing.

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