Ferment-Introducing Aakriti Kuntal

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[Poem and art by Aakriti Kuntal]

I fell in love

with a different kind of earth

Simmering

Blue and glazed yellow walls

Glimmering second coats

Life

burning

beneath my flicking tongue

I grew a cotton ball in my throat

fields in marrow and suspension in skin

Spanned my stockings and grafted my knuckles

I undertook

   in swift easy strokes

the voids in the air

and swiveled through them

A zebra, a lioness, an albatross and a hummingbird

Humming

Humming

 

I was sixteen,

tender moist bones,

tiptoeing through the corpses of history

and the

spinning frames of time.

I was sixteen

Flat, underground, gaseous existence

I had swallowed only incense

And I swelled

Daisies in my earlobe, in and around

A spiral existence

Inward and outward

Tomatoes in cubes, platters in my succulent breasts

My face, tatters, snow and landscapes

crayons and clay

I thought I could be

Everything

Blue, green or gray

I thought I could

Be

I fell in love with a different kind of earth

Pomegranate contours and bouncy lines

Unraveling

Unraveling ever so slowly

in my entwined arteries

 

And then I started to spill

Every time I sat

I started to spill

I spilled like a birthing wound

Commotion sewing into

my waistline

A watercolor trajectory

 

Furry tornadoes wheeled out

from

my back, my limbs, my neck

My shaky head

in dissonance

My shaky lip

in fermentation

I am a yeast

I am a yeast

For

I am fermenting

I am fermenting

Cotton stacks piling on my diaphragm

I fell in love

with a different kind of earth

that floats like coal quartets in my chest

Decaying

Decaying

Into an uncertainty

of longitudinal story lines

[I, Aakriti Kuntal, belong to the country of stratified rainbows and veritable colors, India. Currently working as a Network Engineer, I have taken to my passion for words rather recently. I was recently published in 1947 Journal and The BlueNib among others.

More photos by Aakriti here: https://www.instagram.com/blue_hemisphere/ %5D

Author: Private Bad Thoughts

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