Never Better

the trams rush by

and people crawl away

the crowded streets

feel suffocated

a blast of smoke

erupts from a bike’s rear end

and the dried leaves 

licking dust

slither away

under the scorching sun

a desolate urchin 

bored of neglect 

huddles at the corner

finds a glob of spittle 

catch his interest and

draws in it with a twig

as though it were 

a blob of oil paint

while he idles away

a forlorn pup advances

on the piece of bread

in the urchin’s 

crooked bowl

licks it, once, twice

grabs it in his muzzle

and swallows it whole

stranded I stand

frayed by hassles

the heart whispers

“How are you today?”

“Dear you, I was never better,”

I say


Asha Seth

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          1. Of course, Asha. From my last name, Adebayo, you can get EBAY from it, as in ADebayO. So, I just added a little bit of art to it and it’s written as eBay. Lord though is a culturally given title I I’ve found most befitting to pair up with eBay.
            Now if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to tell you what your name means in my language. Àshá means Hawk (a bird). Àshà means Culture. Asha means someone who is very sharp (mostly too active in a disturbing manner). Which one is yours? Lolssss…


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