Contemporary Literary Review India | Print ISSN 2250-3366 | Online ISSN 2394-6075 | Impact Factor 8.1458 | Vol. 9, No. 2: CLRI May 2022

Debottam Saha

The Man with Dead Leaves

The man

in the torn pyjamas

used to collect

dead leaves

he would roam around

in the summer heat

with a sack on his back


humming to himself

picking up

one leaf

after another

jumping fences

sweat dripping off his forehead


he would rest

on the pavements


from an old

bent up

yellow bottle

the water

was so yellow

you could mistake

it for piss

the man

who sold


made out of dead leaves

selling it

in the local market


in the evenings

for a solitary customer

dead leaves

meant the world to him

As much as it means

to the tress

Debottam Saha, is a poet, hailing from Kolkata. He has completed his MA in English and is currently an editor at Sportskeeda.

His philosophy of writing is based on the experiences of people and the smaller, more microscopic aspects of life which are taken for granted. He creates character-centric works with a focus on various social structures.

His first book is a poetry collection called, ‘The Footprints of Chaos’. A few of his poems, have been published on the Livewire (the art and culture publication of The Wire).

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