The Stepwell by Kiriti Sengupta

Kalapani insinuates servitude for a lifetime.

In the premises of Purana Qila

the baoli** is alive.

Eighty-nine stairs down

water is yet to scour the shine.

It awaits liberation.

**A stepwell is known as a baoli, regionally

Kiriti Sengupta is an award-winning poet, translator, editor, and publisher based in Calcutta, India. You can find more information by visiting