Where Love is my alter ego, woman-ripe, full of cherry-type juice... (groomed impeccably and flawlessly made up; Louboutin-shod with red undersides to my higher-than-high heels). My once-burnt soul now knows how peace feels-- let you and I sign a truce. Open the sluice gates and let Pain leave and cleanse me yet. I shed the Dark Out-Of-Season like clothes that commit the treason of the unenchanting. (How can my story be full of ranting?) So, I give you Love in wild Versace and flower-red Louboutin shoes-- take her and with me sign a truce.
My thin floral kameez with purple-striped shalwar fits me no longer I feel un-beautiful and disown my red burning soul till you ask for more I decide to go bare and let you dust the crust and the core 2 The land of my body grows to encompass the expanse of experience You survey the thrilling terrain of mountains and valleys rolling moors narrow passes to shame a silk route and a few inroads in the spaces between my fingers and toes 3 My thin floral kameez fits me no longer I embrace the evening I open a door Sometimes I let you drink in the lamplight Sometimes, I let you explore
I wish you'd sing 'Chaudavin ka chand' for me. Instead, you comment on the expensive brand of tea I bought at the market. You upbraid me on my pricey taste in instant coffee and Stevia. I'm addicted (you say) to caffeine. I'm addicted to the high. You do not hear me sigh or observe the corner of my eyes--the hidden tear, pearlescent, full moon on our fourteenth night.
Jagari Mukherjee is a poet, editor, and reviewer based in Kolkata, India. Her poems and other creative pieces have been published in different venues both in India and abroad. She has authored three collections of poetry, a chapbook and two full-length volumes. Her latest solo book, The Elegant Nobody, was published by Hawakal Publishers in January 2020. Her e-book Wine-Kissed Poems (2020), co-authored with Dr. Ampat Koshy, was an Amazon No. 1 bestseller. Her poems and other creative pieces have been published in different venues both in India and abroad. She is a gold medalist in English Literature, a Best of the Net 2018 nominee, DAAD scholar from Technical University, Dresden, Germany, and a Bear River Writers' Conference alumna. She is the winner of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2018 for Book Review, Poeisis Award for Excellence in Poetry 2019, and also the recipient of Reuel International Prize for Poetry 2019, among other awards. She recently won the Women Empowered Gifted Poet (Powerful Emergent Voice) Award. Jagari is the Founder and Chief Executive Editor of the literary journal, EKL Review.