Nabin Kumar Chhetri




That day, the sun was bright
miles of sky without clouds
the wind had blown
just enough to fly kites.
But there was no kite today.
Father was drying the old fishnet
checking for cuts.
Inside the kitchen
the kettle was blowing steam
hissing with my father’s tea.
He had just changed the bulb of the storeroom
dark with dust and time
the postman had dropped a bundle of letters
and a paper near the door.
I could see my father’s boat
from my room
It made small movements
on the place where it was moored.
suddenly the ground beneath my feet trembled
things started to fall
walls crumbled, my brothers bicycle banged
on the wall, father was shouting
I forget what he said
the house shook like never before
and then there was silence.
Later I watched from the window
the ocean had rolled right up to the sky
and was heading towards my home
with cars, houses, trees, everything.

That day we did not go to the sea
The sea came to us.

© 2011 Nabin Kumar Chhetri


Nabin Kumar Chhetri comes from Nepal. He graduated with a degree of M.Litt in Novel from the University of Aberdeen. He has been awarded from Italy, Israel and Nepal for his poems. He has recently won an honorary mention for his poem ‘My Father’s House’ from Nosside International Poetry prize, Italy. His anthology ' Zero Passion ' ( ISBN No. 8186056238 ) published by writers Forum, India has been catalogued in the National Library, Minister of Culture, India.

His poetry has been published in Weyfarers(UK), Ricepaper Magazine(Canada), Penny Dreadful(USA), The Sun(India), Nosside Poetry Anthology(Italy), Quest(India), Spinny Babbler(Nepal), Mawaheb( Canada), Poetry Quarterly(China) His poem entitled ' Home ' has been published in the Fade Poetry Journal. ( UK) Poem ‘Roses ’ has been published in the Cynic magazine, New York ( USA) Poem ‘ Winter Memory '  is being published in the winter issue of The Single Hound (USA).