In the tiny truths behind the hidden
words and blood streaked cheeks, you
drink ozone in deep layers. I will count
all my sins and light the candles in a row.
On the pillow of moon, night slept in half-slumber.
I tendered an apology
and wrote a new poem. It was not a rebuke
This was my ad lib before the sun rise
and roses opening the blood conversations
with the grand stings. The wrapped hunger
Submitted by Satish Verma.