perched on a nauseous
highway between creek and river
the whipped furcula of a wish
stuck in your throat
you are a bird and man,
sometimes an imprisoned woman
that yearns for her old house
where koyals and bulbuls alike
sang in the shade, where she often
held morsels of bread
for migratory birds from lands afar
on the front porch, where the sun
gave her enough light to rub
on her cold chest.
Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a GREAT scholarship awardee, pursuing her second postgraduate degree in literature in England. Her poem ‘At Dusk With the Gods’ won the Alfaaz (Kalaage) prize. She is co-founder of Parentheses Journal, a collaborative venture that straddles hybrid genres across coasts and climes.