Skeet me the fragrance of your feelings
in familiar language, not the utterances
we pick up as acrimony replaces amour,
I hum to myself on a rare day but hatred
isn’t hodiernal. It simmers and stays.
You recite weather-beaten theories on ad
feminam when I gently chide you for the
excessive chilies in the dish at din-din.
When harmony is on a hiatus, one is face-
to-face with a firing squad.
Your glutinous qualities require a chain saw
of words to release me from their grip. I pay
in the blood of longanimity for carte blanche
to earn wings. What prods me to flow to your
frame? Is it predetermined?
©2022 Sanjeev Sethi All rights reserved.
Sanjeev Sethi has authored seven books of poetry. His last two: Strokes of Solace (CLASSIX, an imprint of Hawakal, Delhi, July 2022) and Wrappings in Bespoke (The Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK, August 2022). He is published in over thirty countries. His poems have found a home in more than 390 journals, anthologies, and online literary venues. Recent credits: North Dakota Quarterly, K’in Literary Journal, Stand Magazine, Erbacce Journal, Amphora Magazine, and NOON | journal of the short poem, among others. He is the recipient of the Ethos Literary Award 2022. He is the joint-winner of Full Fat Collection Competition-Deux, organized by The Hedgehog Poetry Press, UK. He lives in Mumbai, India.
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