• hashtagkalakar

A House Plant Never Refuses Water

By Samyukta Raghavan

and a house plant never refuses the tap water. they don't weep when the cracks near their eyes deepen and their face sinks into their cheeks. but time has all the tenacity and impatience of a sad sunrise. it just keeps coming back every morning.

i used to hate the sun. but when i go home now i sit by the window and listen to big yellow taxi. there's always little ladybugs under my skin and you can see them sometimes if the light hits me just right. i name them all.

on the days I don't draw open the curtains, the ladybugs die one by one and i whisper little eulogies. "good night stevan, rest well. good night mildred. I loved you the best".

i used to love going to sleep. i was so awake in my dreams and the violets and oranges and greens were all so loud. i haven't dreamt of anything in a while. in the last one i can recall, i was a hideous little bird.

arms outstretched, singing some wretched song i don't even want to remember now. the leaves were screaming about something and i was screaming back for them to stop speaking so loudly.

i want to lock myself in this memory; break the key in half and jam the jagged edge into the sky. don't be so bright, don't be so big. fit into this little box with me, we will wake and be happy.

tap my left wrist twice, feel my pulse and then retch at the thought that i am bleeding always. isn't it all so strange?

By Samyukta Raghavan

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

By Adrija Bhaduri In the October of 2018, I went to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, for a month. My father, a Software Developer, often works on projects in different countries. I spent 5 long years

By Misha Raj I’m here again. Re-reading old poems. They stare at me with wide eyes. “Welcome back.” They say, “won’t you sit with us?” Rest your soul in these faded emotions. They’re still there. Sett

By Misha Raj I’m here again. In this space between the pages. Watching ashen flames devour parchment like it’s skin. Floating like a ripple on a crestless wave. This is the part where your life flashe