Fact #24 by Smriti Verma

Posted: September 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

I was born in the year of the boar.
That was also the day my brother
came from the salted soil of his land-
with missing limbs, I greeted the
half-man half-ghost, and his wife,
standing still, like a perched fly
on the ends of death trap. Mother
tells I was most quiet that day- their child,
running about in the yard, the creek,
messing up the sunflowers, the
lilies. Now, the years have passed
and yet they have not. The home,
still empty, and the child, searching
for home. And his limbs- still missing,
lost somewhere, in the shadow
of the gunpowder and leather boots.

Smriti Verma’s poetry and fiction have appeared or forthcoming in Word Riot, Open Road Review, Alexandria Quarterly, the DoveTales anthology, and Young Poets Network. She is the recipient of the Save The Earth Poetry Prize 2015 and was part of the Adroit Journal Mentorship Program 2015 and GKA Writing Studio.


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