Dissolved by Sanket Mhatre

Words are made of air

Paper thin ether – supposed to last a day, sometimes a moment

The blink of an eye – when past is replaced with remembrance

deep from the soil of tinted papers

mulch of yesterdays  

from libraries where dust encrusted lines were fences into another world

Words that can germinate under your window

attract butterflies under your eyelids

borrow a little of what you saw in every land

bring back a tiny rainbow that you once held on your way back

Words that can hold a part of my scent

when I spoke to you last;

Particles of an uncertain earth

words that can hold the blood of our songs

salt of our sweat

something you can keep as a promise

before they vaporize over empty calendars

holding the only depth silence knows

but will never speak

I keep excavating words from the land of seeds

In each alphabet I had gift wrapped

a part of me

Till I became nothing

but a word

-        and dissolved.  

Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas on Pexels.com

About the Poet:

Sanket Mhatre has been featured at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Jaipur Literature Festival and Glass House Poetry Festival. His first book of cross-translated poems, The Coordinates Of Us won the prestigious Raza Foundation Grant after been shortlisted at IWrite2020 at Jaipur Literature Festival. Sanket’s poems have appeared in multiple anthologies such as Shape Of A Poem, The Well Earned, Home Anthology by Brown Critique, Poetry Conclave Yearbook as well as literary magazines such as Punch, Borderless, Muse India, Madras Courier, The Usawa Literary Review, Men Matters Online, Anthology by Querencia Press and many others.   


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