Sascha Aurora Akhtar

Intimacy

 

My wretched bits

            of life, gathering

            holding them

                                    holding them

 

                                    safely

This cage

of body, pain

sometimes clutching

                                    messy

                                              heart-nest

 

U, the only

               continuity

               I come back 2

 

               people R always

 

               Hidin’

               wearing masks

 

                I may never know in a certain place 2gether

                what memory appears 2 u – this is who we R –

 

                dISgUIsIng pain,

                DisGuIsInG pleasure

 

    the looming castle

    we visit stones

    set

    in melancholic anatomy

               both of us carrying

               our nests of memory

               tenderly

     tread we, tenderly

                        so as not 2 

                   pull

                   them

                   apart

      these tiny houses 

      of pAinMeMOrY 

      of a LoVEsOnG

 

                 nestled in the

                                                  t.b.c

     ***

Time is a clusterfuck

                    of accidents

                  burning

 

I am exhausted

                   from the effort

                of silencing it.

    ***

Poem

            entitled:

 

“Passenger Incident”

    ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sascha Aurora Akhtar is a writer and editor based in London. She is the author of two poetry collections The Grimoire of Grimalkin (Salt) and 199 Japanese Names for Japanese Trees (Shearsman). Her work is widely anthologised in seminal works such as the Reality Street UK 2015 edition of “Out of Everywhere,” and English Pen’s “ Poems for Pussy Riot”. Her work has been translated into Armenian, Portuguese, Galician, Russian, Dutch and Polish. She performs internationally. Most recently her story “ The Nature of Wounds,” appeared in STORGY (2017). 

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