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sixteen, sapphic, they/she

meandering godship

April 18, 2021

My body is me mirrored in the temple. My throat carves marble
into its throat. We twist in tandem— the gods in its womb cut 

deeper into their instruments with the rending of each day, my 
knuckles rank into the ebony of the keyboard. I picture Airavata, 

him weaving the skin of his master each night, disease no disease 
a blessing— my teeth culled, cutting into the instrument. I garner 

that we are expendable, how our lives split into each other, 
shikharas sturdy as bloodshed. What I mean is that I wound

my house around me like a chariot sinking against the sun, 
stoic & unyielding. See how Indra glosses upon the wreckage,

his helmet buried under the flood, expression fetid-lipped, split-
lipped. He tucks his face under his armpit, pulls another one from 

under the stake. and another, and another. I am cognate with 
the way we pause in the hatches stemming sacrilege, wine-drunk 

at his feet. When his glass breaks against the putrid gold, we chant
and another, and another, faces collapsing against each other like 

like red queens, like aces, like kings. Like the Govardhan-
rain, the flood sinks into us like mud, stoic & unyielding.

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11 Comments
  • Writing4Life

    Hey, I see you haven't been active in a while. Hope you're doing ok <3


    about 1 month ago
  • boston

    this is so well done! i love the formatting with the line breaks, too!
    re: thanks so much for your review! i just made some edits!


    2 months ago
  • Rose Beta

    You did great on this!
    re: thats good to know! I hadn't known and so I didnt want to assume in the writing, but thank you for letting me know!


    2 months ago
  • Ava Marie

    RE: Thank you!


    3 months ago
  • Delia Rune

    Oh my gosh, this is so beautifully written! I'm so excited to work with you as a CA-- see you in July!


    3 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Hi again! I was just wondering, have you joined the CA chat? Saanvi and I have, but I haven't seen you comment there :) Just wanted to check!


    3 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Re: Oh thank you! I love your username, it's so cuteee!


    3 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Re: Aww thank you! Do you mind me asking who you are? I'm trying to connect faces with usernames :')


    3 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Ah, here's another CA! Me and SunV have been trying to find you all! :')


    3 months ago
  • GoldenPengiuns

    This is so beautiful! It's so vivid and I love the imagery in your writing.
    Also, I saw your peer review on my poem earlier and I just want to thank you for all the encouragement and advice! I really appreciate the time you took to write that out for me. I looked up some resources like you said, specifically enjambment because I had no idea what it was. Side note- I was actually thinking about the Kathak studio I dance at while writing it because I miss it so much that it sounds almost magical when I think about it.
    Anyway, sorry to make this comment more about me than your poem, I'm new on here and wasn't sure how to directly reply to the peer review.


    4 months ago
  • Coeur

    Wow...this is just gorgeous. The wording and the imagery are just wonderful.


    5 months ago