Phenomenal Defeat

Satish Verma

A wine taster was 
ready to begin the birth 
of night. 

A wrinkle displays 
the absurd mediocrity 
of the charter. 

I will not play 
in the hands of unknowable 
I have my own map. 

I am shedding, 
my skin, my color. Only 
a truncated god will speak for me.