Inside the box,
________________with bruised lips,
a silent scream,
________________the hawk patrols,
above the foliage,
________________its claws swoops,
off your clothes,
________________on the mat,
below the bridge,
________________above the tower,
within his lust,
________________against the system,
under the wheels,
________________out of contention,
real men shouting,
________________hold a placard,
shape your voice,
________________no more fear,
when clouds fall,
________________over the moon,
planets are eggs,
________________grown in sky,
tears are melons,
________________sculpted in love,
at mathematical infinity,
________________numbers meet poetry,
monad greets nomad,
________________rocket is paintbrush,
boulders are periods,
________________white erases white,
abstract objects fall,
________________away from reasoning,
ink bloats time,
________________for the world.


ADITYA SHANKAR is an Indian poet, flash fiction author, and translator. His poems, fiction, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the Unbroken Journal, Modern Literature, The Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Ghost Parachute, Canada Quarterly, Indian Literature, MoonPark Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Unlost Journal, and elsewhere. Books: After Seeing (2006), Party Poopers (2014), XXL (2018, Dhauli Books). He lives in Bangalore, India.