Hiroshi’s Hunger

There are nights

of all nights

when the sky turns crimson red

and the wind hollow. And on moon like this

Chiyuki’s Hiroshi wails for her sea-sucked breasts.

Hunger mounts and the neighbours’ laughter

mounts higher still. Steady as a bat

with her drum like fingers. She plays.

The soft- mint like smile

cripples his hunger and he chews

his thumb to pieces.

 

Chiyuki’s drum like fingers

hold the liquid in the cup

and slowly she swallows

her baby’s crimson red hunger.

 

Wails subside.

Hunger subsides.

Chiyuki’s music subsides.

And by morning

her drum like fingers turn splotchy red.

And eyes wicked as stone.

 

This poem has been published in Ranu Uniyal’s first book of poems Across the Divide.

 

 

Ref -Ultraviolet

There are nights

of all nights

when the sky turns crimson red

and the wind hollow. And on moon like this

Chiyuki’s Hiroshi wails for her sea-sucked breasts.

Hunger mounts and the neighbours’ laughter

mounts higher still. Steady as a bat

with her drum like fingers. She plays.

The soft- mint like smile

cripples his hunger and he chews

his thumb to pieces.

 

Chiyuki’s drum like fingers

hold the liquid in the cup

and slowly she swallows

her baby’s crimson red hunger.

 

Wails subside.

Hunger subsides.

Chiyuki’s music subsides.

And by morning

her drum like fingers turn splotchy red.

And eyes wicked as stone.

 

This poem has been published in Ranu Uniyal’s first book of poems Across the Divide.

 

 

Ref -Ultraviolet


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