Literature

愛 (love)

I loved the way my name fit in my great-grandma’s mouthI never understood whypeople would say her Portuguese was brokenHow so?How could it be?when her voice carried so proudlythe fingerprints of the first people she had ever lovedThey said her Portuguese was brokenbut what is wrong with a tonguethat walks on foreign soilbut always finds …

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Wrath

wrath I’m so tired, of countless days and eternal thoughts,so fed up with feeling like I’m secondary.so tired of slathering cream on my face,‘whitening’ serums sittingon my counter, with my foundationtwo shades lighter than my skin, five shades lighterthan my tan, my battle scars, my affliction.so tired of massaging my eyes, different styles of eyeliner …

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The Ideal Citizen

A parody poem on India’s average “bhakt” The Ideal Citizen I keep my mouth shutAnd I don’t go for naarebaazi.I endorse my government,Even though what they’re running,Is definitely not a democracy. I religiously forward,Every single whatsapp text,wholly innocent.Although at times,I must confess,Even I doubt If they’re legitimate? I always stand upFor the national anthemBefore movies,Although …

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The Room You Cannot Find

The Room You Cannot Find Cardboard moving boxesOld toys in a heaping pileWalls stripped lifeless whiteLet go, sad old child Rusty borrowed furnitureOvergrown grassWave goodbye to what you hadLet go of hours past Torn and beaten teddy bearsRips in all your clothesA smile for no reasonWhy won’t you let go? Holding onto nothingSilent whispers of …

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