From the trees
I gather a handful of plums.
Today, you stare and point towards
the ripest bunch.
There is tart from last Friday.
You feast on it a little and then on
the sun I still have left to
On other midnights
when the light runs out
I sit down, stealing
from the stars.
and they let me.
Artwork by @xuanlocxuan
Can you see?
The rain imitates you.
Forces me to hold my breath
and anticipate this touch.
I am akin to
like rain on a hot summer day.
I can stand in the balcony for hours
Let the rain wet my hair
and slide down slowly
through my loosely hanging shirt.
Like your hands tracing their way
on my skin.
Rain feels familiar today.
As if I could collect you. All of you
in my palm.
Even the clouds are jealous.
There are days
when we would go out
to the seashore behind
your first home,
as hazardous the road might be.
“Watch your step,” you would whisper
telling me where the bushes were sharp
and I would move my skinny body
lean against one of those large rocks
and stare for hours
at you, at the clear water running.
In the sea
shadowing everything inside it.
Like small fish and the rocks, that the sea
every time it hits the shore.
It feels nice
to witness you every day
to stare at you like this
like the sea and the sand
changing, moving, shifting.
The sun touches my face gently,
like when you are desperate
teasing me, flirting. Kissing my face.
Look towards the sky
the moon is jealous.
/there are so many things we could do/
I can categorically list the number of times you have been misused, unheard and trivialized. And as much as I might write about you, you are not a metaphorical representation of the moon or the sun, and my pen doesn’t help. You are real flesh and bones, and the real you craves for coffee on Sunday summer mornings and likes sitting alone sometimes. You too crave for sex, with people whom you have just met and you also forgot my birthday once. You are not perfect, of course, you are not perfect, but you are not a gross indecency either. You are truly and finally someone I can love and my love demands to be written down on the most beautiful sheets of paper I own. My love demands to be handwritten on postcards that I have collected over the years for this moment and sent over the distances. But you see my love is also a little selfish and narcissistic, and since we are not in a brilliant and beautiful relationship, you are just another story I can tell myself before going to bed. One of those stories that demand to be told again and again.
Artwork by Manjit Thapp.