As liberal as the air Air is a traitor. It entered the enemy. It reddened his blood. It filled his lungs, expanded his ribs Made him puff up his chest and then left to inform you, that you could have the blue blood that you would have to exhale all the hate you held in your thoracic cage. All the vitality sucked out of you as the air didn't see you as a mirror. Its eyes were none and several So it saw through you, the whole world, naked and didn't raise a finger. Its gaze didn’t waver. It didn't read the Bible, the Geeta or the Koran. It flowed freely and spied on all but never let a secret out as it sang its own tune, its own language. It dried your skin even as you shivered. Where all scampered to be segregated into varied families, It knew all were in the same boat, only looking on to different shores. Global village I am a fleeting lover. Polyamorous making love to many countries. I am battened by this promiscuity. I am a part of continents that aren’t separate but are part of me in continuum. People love alike in all the cities they have a hive mind. This caravanserai gives me a sense of future in retrospect. We aren’t separate, The Sumerians, the Harappans the Egyptians, the Incas, the Aztecs, like anagrams we are jumbled. Line between patriots and xenophobes is thin. Line between borderlands is nonexistent until we put a barbed wire in the lush greens and say ‘this tree belongs to me and that to you’, not knowing their roots have hugged and mated and are inseparable beneath the dark surface. So I never get lost in the dark. It’s the sunshine that misleads me. All the light shining here is but one sun then why those illumined fight under it, knowing none can own it nor can they shun it as foreign.
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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, the ekphrastic review 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.