We shed paper shredded scars against the weather
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 Womaninc.com. Author of Words Not Spoken, The Longest Pleasure and The Silk Of Hunger. www.vinitawords.com