We revel in differences.
We are varied and beautiful.
We were born to juggle several languages
on our tongue.
We are numerous scents of Arabian souks,
the vivid colors of Indian bazaars,
unique only because we are
not copies, floating with
balloons of million dreams, not one alike,
as numberless as our stories
as countless as our fates,
all that we carry,
rage, laughter, sorrows,
so many loves,
like earth, air, water, fire,
we are all discrete and clashing,
all incomplete, meaningless
without dancing with the other.
Perhaps we have to uncondition
How about going back to the fetal caul,
unknowing the shades of skin,
unlearning the gender,
widening the girth of our brain,
span of our all-embracing arms.
Perhaps we need to be reborn
and find our own way,
a good chaos in
this order of dystopia.
Akshaya Pawaskar is a doctor practicing in India, and poetry is her passion. Her poems have been published in Tipton Poetry Journal, Shards, The Blue Nib, North of Oxford, Indian Rumination, Rock and Sling, among many others. She won the Craven Arts Council ekphrastic poetry competition in 2020 and was placed second in The Blue Nib chapbook contest in 2018. Her first solo poetry chapbook ‘The falling in and the falling out’ was published by Alien Buddha press in January 2021.