Saturday, 1 August 2020

Preeth Ganapathy, Poetry 2020 Longlist

Covering the Distance

“A pregnant woman, who was walking home from Maharashtra to Madhya Pradesh in the middle of the ongoing lock-down, delivered a baby on the road. She then walked for another 150 kilometres.”-May 13th, India Today

a distance that strong winged eagles 

take days to fly 

covered in atomized feet 

that ooze sweat and drip grit

treading over the desert sands of hunger

tiding over the mirage of sleep 

not stopping as newborn lime green shoots 

of life spiral in search of light

defying theorems of the body that get into play 

after the herculean task of child birth

not waiting for the sinews to cut through the red tape 

of rest, not wanting the limbs to pause nor take a breath

lest the candle flame cupped in the palm of hope flickers

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