Lazyboy Shaman

Chaitanya Huprikar

goodbye old friend

tumbled mass of faded leather

ingrown inbred into ashen skin

of a cold pallid lazy boy

ensnaring rainbows in a helical maze

crafty carlos crafted for me

a precious fragile crystal flute

my don Juan of shimmering skin

goodbye old friend

enslaved in glorious rigor and routine

of junk amoled programming

caffeine and nicotine

vaporous notes bear thrill of trance

infuse in discordant, wilted lungs

symphonies of an ancient dance

hymns of rain in aztec tongues

goodbye old friend

upholstered in your despondent shroud                     

each sound a dread a burden each step          

my skin my cage 

slashing through dark sombre cloaks

lead for feathers, threads of leather

i weave a mantle for my warrior head

and emerge now wings outstretched

on lacerated shackles i look down once

and head into the light of a thousand suns.


, hoping like always to never return


This work has been published in Beetle Magazine's July 2020 Issue. Click here to read the magazine. 

Illustration by Dhanashree Pimputkar


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