Survival – Megha Sood

Have you noticed the slow
cleaving in my backbone?
the seamless transformation
the branching into my thousand self
like a sapling breaking out from the
blind seed. I’m sprouting
I am growing
breaking out of this cocoon.

Growing like a medusa
this fecundity of myself
breaking out into the
thousands version of me
morphing into shapes
perfecting the art of topiary

I’m shredding myself
shinning into a million version of me
like a reflection of the summer sun
on shards of broken mirror

this fecundity
is my survival extinct
to handle the plethora of emotions
life throws at me
I’m learning.
I’m growing.

Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a contributing member at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar and contributing poetry editor at Ariel Chart. Her 290+ works have been featured in 521 Magazine, Statorec, Fourth and Sycamore, KOAN, Visitant Lit, Quail Bell, Dime show review, Nightingale and Sparrow, etc. Works featured and upcoming in 12 other anthologies by the US, Australian and Canadian Press. Two-time State level winner of the NAMI NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019.National level poetry finalist in Poetry Matters Prize 2019. She blogs at

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Brave & Reckless and commented:

    Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen is thrilled to welcome new member Megha Sood

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks so much, Kindra and Christine for accepting and supporting my work. Thrilled to be part of HLM

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Megha- Welcome to Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen! This is a stunning piece.


  4. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Megha Sood comes to Heretics, Lovers, And Madmen with a song of survival and growth.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kindra M. Austin says:

    Megha! Gaaaah…I’m so happy you’re here with us. ❤


  6. Kindra M. Austin says:

    Reblogged this on Kindra M. Austin and commented:

    I’m so pleased to announce Megha Sood’s debut on HL&M!


  7. K Harrington says:

    You should edit this work for grammatical errors.


    1. K Harrington- this is an abstract poem in which words are used in unusual ways. Yes, it is possible that there is a typo or a grammatical error in the piece but it also possible that this is just how the author intended it to read. In any case, the editors love it and were happy to publish it.

      Generally, this kind of feedback is not warmly received by writers on WordPress. If you know a writer personally, contacting them privately (and not being critical in a public forum) would be much kinder and more respectful.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. -Eugenia says:

    Stunning piece, Megha! Brava!

    Liked by 1 person

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