Jharna Choudhury (Colours of Love and Barriers)

Jharna Choudhury
Jharna Choudhury, is a poet-embroiderer from Guwahati, Assam, India. Follow her creative writings and publications at https://linktr.ee/Jharna_Choudhury

Hypervigilance

Ears big as the fridge door
flap open and close in hunger,
and eyes eat roadside cats with streets and houses.
Heartbeats are hummingbirds
on a tree that I am, tremors and silences.

What if love was not fear, and love walked
with flowers and kisses,
leaning on the cafe wall, watching the beautiful world go to work
and at the end of the day sit on the edge of the bed
to watch a waterfall that her pleated skirt made in the drop,
and touch and touch her words
as they do in a garden, hand pollinate
for ripeness.

What if my ears shrunk, eyes rested,
and love was everything but a restless dog under a car
with noises wanting to kill.

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