How to Tell a Lie


By Mouli Banerjee

First crush the pineapples,
then put them in a blender.
When you pour it out,
you have tomato puree.
Now you put it in the saucepan
and stir till all you are left with
are chunks of capsicum.
You’ll know then that your kebabs are ready.

This is how you make a plum cake.

All recipes are like each other;
chefs are cheats.
Do not be fooled.
Follow instructions.

First crush the hearts,
then put them in a blender.
When you pour it out,
you have bloodshed.
Now you put it in the saucepan
and stir till all you are left with
are chunks of memories.
You’ll know then that your life is ready.

This is how you tell a lie.


About the poet:
Mouli Banerjee is currently pursuing her master’s degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. Amateur poet and poetry enthusiast, Mouli loves travelling, singing, and writing fiction among others.

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