A Tiny Ghoul – Poetry by Bhuwan Thapaliya

Adorably Horror Series- Bhuwan Thapaliya

A tiny ghoul

-Bhuwan Thapaliya

I’ll tell you

of the scariest night of my life.

Loneliness was stifling and

the stillness in the air was palpable.

Suddenly, a tiny ghoul lurked out

from the pages of my book,

red eyes, wet hair

and one eye blind.

She looked straight

 into my eyes and smiled.

She had a face like a

terra cotta soldier

buried to accompany

emperors in the ancient world.

She reached for me,

and detained my thoughts

for a while then slipped

my valor down,

slowly, one by one.

I was left to rot

upon the floor.

I saw a corsage

of wild flowers in her eyes

and few butterflies 

sparkled over head.

She quivered for a while, 

and slowly walked away.

My goodness,

all these years, 

she’d lived there, 

inside my poems, 

hiding her identity. 

I may not be able

to open my book again

and see the verses 

caressing each other .

I risk being stuck mute

by my own poems.


Nepalese poet, Bhuwan Thapaliya is the author of four poetry collections and currently he is working on his fresh poetry collection, The Marching Millions. Bhuwan Thapaliya’s books are Safa Tempo: Poems New and Selected (Nirala Publications, New Delhi), Our Nepal, Our Pride (Cyberwit.net, Allahabad), Rhythm of the Heart( Lulu Publication) and Verses from the Himalayas.

His writing is imbued with the art and culture of Nepal that he grew up with but he is eminently qualified as an Oriental and as an Occidental poet, for his poetry truly represents a marriage between the traditions of East and West, and in a way that is immediately appealing and cohesive. He is not just a poet; he is a man with a mission, seeking world peace. He is a prolific poet and is writing his own Everest, but his writing is not only about statistics. It is about spreading the message of global peace, universal solidarity and love.

Thapaliya has read his poetry and attended seminars in venues around the world, including South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Cambodia, and Nepal.

His poems have been widely published in leading literary journals, newspapers and periodicals such as Kritya, Pandemic Magazine, The Foundling Review, ApekshaNews, Strong Verse, Counercurrents.org, myrepublica , The Kashmir Pulse, Taj Mahal Review, Nuveine Magazine, Poetry Life and Times, Ponder Savant, VOICES( Education Project), The Vallance Review, Longfellow Literary Project, Poets Against the War etc. His poetries have also been published in the CD’s and Books such as The New Pleiades Anthology of Poetry (ISBN 1- 878431-52- 8) , Tonight: An Anthology of World Love Poetry (The Poets Printery, East London, South Africa,2008, pp.118, Paperback, ISBN 0-620-41372-7), The Strand Book of International Poets 2010 , of Nepalese Clay, Pratik and in many more.