Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing author / editor at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar, Poets Corner and contributing editor at Ariel Chart. Her works have been featured in 521 Magazine #Sideshow, Oddball, Pangolin Review, Fourth and Sycamore, KOAN (Paragon press), Modern Literature, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Modern Poetry, Spill Words Press, Indian periodicals, Literary heist, Little Rose Magazine, The Quiet Corner, Writer’s Cafe Magazine, and forthcoming in Dime Show Review, Piker Press, and The Stray Branch. Her poetry has recently been published in the anthology “We Will Not Be Silenced” by Indie Blu(e) Publishing with forthcoming publications in three anthologies by US, Australian and Canadian Press. She recently won the 1st prize in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest.


I have always believed in totems
an emblem of happiness
and the thick impression
of the threads on my wrist
cutting close to the skin
a paradox of pain and happiness
woven together
reminds me of the sacred promise
I have made with death
to leave behind my frailty
when I travel to the world unknown
I ask for the sign
a miracle from the god
and he sends me the stray balloon
slipped from an open soft palm
left in the skies
to wander and roam alone.

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