Mrudula Kuvalekar

today i felt small / a giant
inside a giant / inside
giant / a body
of touch-me-nots / a body
of eyes
everywhere / a body
that lives inside / a body
tied / with ropes thick
enough to cut / a body
tangled / a body
woven from rapunzel hair
too short / to reach / the ground

it cries

for its mother /

has left /

and it is late / and the train
is long gone / the station
drips with left / over rain / too soft
to touch /

it cries

for today / the body
felt small / a child
seeking asylum
from itself / a child
holding / the body
a hostage / a child
wailing / its mother
long gone / it cries

the war is over /
but the noose / still sways
in the wind / waiting

for the child / waiting

for the mother /

to come home.

This work has been published in Beetle Magazine's July 2020 Issue

Illustration by Dhanashree Pimputkar

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