Published: 3 poems in Thieving Magpies

I am very pleased to share three of my poems published in the Chicago-based digital literary magazine, in their Winter issue on their 5th Anniversary. Since it is a quarterly issue and their standards for publication are pretty high, it feels very good getting accepted. If you’d like to check out the magazine, click here.

I’ve shared below a few verses/lines from each of the poems-

The Expat wife
She’s the accompaniment—
The spicy, sweet, tangy dip…

I wish I were a boat
I am a kite
Floating upwards- farther, and farther away
Toward the Kármán line.

Between homes

I’m not an explorer
in search of a spark to ignite my soul
Nor am I an immigrant looking for another man’s soil
to crystallize my dreams; I am a shadow
I follow

To read the complete poems, you can click here.

About the poems: They are based on my feelings as an expatriate during my first month in Dhaka. Those who have been following my blog will very well know what the poems would be about. However, I request you to give it a read and let me know what you think about the poetry and if you have ever felt like this.

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18 responses to “Published: 3 poems in Thieving Magpies”

  1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Congratulations Smitha. It’s a lovely poem and what a great start to the new year! 💞

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, Cindy. It was an amazing start and I’m totally grateful that they decided to publish the poems. X

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  2. Sonia Dogra Avatar

    Congratulations! I loved The Expat Wife. Truly.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks, Sonia. I’m happy to see you back again🙂 and so glad to hear you liked the poem.

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  3. dgkaye Avatar

    Congratulations Smitha on having three of your poems published. You certainly deserve to pat yourself on the back. Yay for you! I’m wishing you a beautiful new year with new beginnings, good health, and all your heart desires. ❤ xx

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  4. Susi Bocks Avatar

    Lovely pieces, Smitha! Congratulations!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much, Susi, for your words of appreciation. Happy New Year to you!

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      1. Susi Bocks Avatar

        And the same to you, Smitha! You’re welcome. 🙂

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  5. rajkkhoja Avatar
    rajkkhoja

    So beautiful write up poem. So interested written in words use in poem.
    Very well feeling share your knowledge in poem.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you very much for reading and appreciating the poems🙏

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  6. Darlene Avatar

    Well done. Your poems reflect your feeling right now. I’m an expat and it took me about 2 tears to finally feel comfortable in my new surroundings. The first 6 months were very difficult. Not being with friends and family was the hardest.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Darlene for reading. It feels good to know from you that it’s only normal to feel like this and that I need to give myself time to settle down. I hope I feel settled in 6 months. 2 years feels too long.

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      1. Darlene Avatar

        Yes, you do need to give it time. By 6 months I was feeling settled but it took 2 years (for me) to feel really settled. Now I feel out of my comfort zone when I go back home for a visit!

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  7. Mick Canning Avatar

    Three very good poems, Smitha. I have been an expat, although my experiences were very different from yours, but I can relate what you write to some other expats I knew.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much,Mick. Your appreciation of the poems means a lot. Although sad, it’s good to know that you find it relatable.

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  8. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Hi Smitha, I can’t seem to log in to leave a comment on the originating site. I read your three poems and they are all very moving and beautiful. I am sorry you are finding it hard to settle into your new home and country. I think it is because your girls have gone and your family life is now different. Hang in there, it will get better. Hugs.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hi Robbie, I’m not sure how one can leave comments on the site. Thank you for reading the poems and appreciating them. I agree…there’s just been too many changes I’ve had to deal with along with my health issue ( the one I had told you of, I had a problem again. But, I have got it fixed this time in India. Hopefully, it’s okay now). Thanks to friends like you, I managed to hang in there. Thank you for being there in spirit❤️. Hope Michael’s doing well now. I hope 2023 is kinder. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

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      1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

        HI Smitha, I hope that 2023 will bring you better health and an expansion of your circle of acquaintances in your new home. Life is full of changes and they aren’t always easy to deal with. Michael is, thankfully, doing well and is due to start school on the 11th of January.

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