Not in the turbulence of contained fire
Rapacious to rake a green forest
Smoldering in my heart
Or on a mountain of solitude
Not in the quaint desire,
To hold multiple moons in my palms
Forcing oceans to drape me with waves
Or in the fear of being a dead worm
Caught in the beak of a wild bird
But know, I sought you in inconsequential matter
Like breathing every moment
Urge of thirst for water
Need of sleep when the night fell
Or turning around
When your name was called
See, it was a wind that brushed aside
Layers of soil within me
Exposing a buried, dormant seed,
Feigning dead, breathing clandestinely
An existence within my existence
Mine but not mine.
That’s when I started watering you.
Anshu Johri authors short stories, poems and plays in English and Hindi. She has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University, California and is a hardware engineer by profession.
Her work in English has appeared in “Dukool”, “Vine leaves Literary Journal”, “Calliope”, “Creation and Criticism”, “Caesura (online)”, and an anthology “Desi Girls” published by Hope Road Publishing U.K.
Her published works in Hindi include “Khule Prishtha” (Bare Pages- collection of poems, 1990), “Shesh Phir” (More Later…Collection of short stories, 2004), “Boond ka Dwandwa” (Dilemma of a Raindrop- A collection of poems, 2014) and “Adrishya Kinara (Invisible Shores- Collection of stories, 2015. Now also available as an audiobook at Amazon.com). Her poems and stories have appeared in reputed Hindi Literary Journals of the world. She was a guest speaker at a discourse on “New Feminism and New Responses” among other writers from different languages, organized by the Sahitya Academy of India, Bangalore in June 2015.
Besides writing, her other passions are theatre, painting and music. She lives in San Jose, California.
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