Artifice – Vinita Agrawal 


We shed paper shredded scars against the weather

Against ice

Flaunt our delicate remains

draped in crepe.


A fetish lattice

of sheer, sheathed sucked-sin skin veins

a prick-seam of open sores

a stripped self, all go on display.


Whipping off eggshell veils

lisping a disjunct entity

inward sprinkles of sticky confidence

priggish in a carnival world of lust, we are lost.


Pillage, spillage on earth’s pudge

Still rainbow words d r i b b l e daintily

from sky’s open snout

as crystal lips commence sweet talking.


Winner of the 2015 Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award, USA, Vinita Agrawal is a Mumbai-based poet. Her poetry has been widely published internationally. She is the author of three books of poetry. She is senior editor with Author of Words Not Spoken, The Longest Pleasure and The Silk Of Hunger.