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By Priya Chouhan

PROMPT — What is Love?

A narrow escape from blazing desolation, panting heavily,

sweat dripped down the neck, wounded hands stroked the fallen hair.

A decorative fused bulb, chimney bricks melting away,

saving me from myself, the lights of love flickered.

Frightened to face the mirror, an excruciating attempt to smile,

burnt skin cursing the saintly old heart.

Patiently waiting for the blast of suppressed tears, words never enough,

a silent refusal to give up, but for how long?

Beads of hollowness digging into my soul, ran towards an empty dark room,

neighborhood dazzling with golden lights.

Forgot to blink, night’s eyelids dropped,

gazed down at a broken filament.

A decorative - - - - - love flickered!


Priya Chouhan completed her graduation in Economics Honours from St. Xavier's College, in India and is currently preparing for her Master's degree. For Priya, Poetry has been a tool to write on neglected matters, aiding her to weave the unspoken. An inexplicable contentment fills her heart when words finally reveal their beautiful meanings. Priya's poems have been published in Corvus review, the Black moon, Dreich, Brief Wilderness, Literary Yard, Littoral magazine, the Wise owl, Bosphorus review of books, Malaysian Indie fiction, and more. Priya writes from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.


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