Paromita Goswami‘s poem: Mayan Cacao


My first sip of you

Was a shock of chilly

And deep molten chocolate


Mayan civilization

Or Maya of the tantra


I know not


Nidra refused

to touch me

that night


I went back to Marc’s Cafe.


The tall boyish-look man

with no moustache

smiled, and said,


There was no caffeine

            in it,

                     if that’s what

                                  you are asking


Perhaps it was

too sweet for you?


Do I cut

the chocolate by half?


Oh dear life!


Who wants you

if after Mayan Cacao

there are no red lips

from hot rush of

chilly-chocolate,


Or caffeine,

as the case may be


Who cares to live,

Kiss-less?

Red lip-less?


I would rather be

left kajal-d

with sleepless-eyes


Than be left

so un-kissed



Paromita Goswami is a Professor of Marketing and Social Innovation at Shiv Nadar at Shiv Nadar Institute of Eminence. She pens poetry for the joy of it, and has recently used it for data analysis in academic research. Marc’s Cafe is in Auroville, Tamil Nadu and into sustainable coffee culture.

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