Trading Desires

Satish Verma

Wrapped in explosives he was unready 
for a bruise. A dive at a mound of torso 
to unearth the archives of areolae. 

Apnoea will come for arbitration 
in clenched insinuation: 
pull nipples to open the window of mind. 

On the forehead a smear of vermilion 
brings glare like a third eye. 
Real fish in the green pond of envy. 

Desiccation of spine excites the rhetoric 
blurs the sea of swans. A lone tree 
explodes into a spring, not just leaves of old flame. 

Silver moon recognizes the battered hill. 
A white wolf was cruising on the road 
for appleblossoms.