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You say love

- Bibek Adhikari, Kathmandu

Mar 2, 2019-

You wrap me around your arms,

You whisper soft, secret words.

 

You put your mouth on my mouth,

You hiss the word, “Love.”

 

Too bruised to speak, a drowning man,

My breaths come in gasps.

 

Outside the spring sun squints

At the dying blue jasmine in its terracotta.

 

I say, “Water.”

You say, “You should kiss me back.”

 

Your plumpness, your hidden curves,

They strangle me like grief.

 

In the cryptic centre of my head,

A voice recites a rhyme I read somewhere—

 

“We talked between the rooms,

Until the moss had reached our lips,

And covered up our names.”

 

What is driving my arms, my tongue

Is but a guided dream.

 

I close my eyes—

I picture you, a different you.

 

You slant your head,

Your eyes are half-shut,

You whisper in distaste—

“I want you here.”

 

But you will never find me here,

You did not bring me here.

Published: 02-03-2019 10:20

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