Ephemeral / Chinmayi Bali

Your exquisiteness

A carved ice cube

Stings like an icicle

Before you start

Steadily dripping

Like pink sand

Quietly trickling

In an hourglass

And then go back

To being insipid

Plain water again

Chinmayi Bali is from Jaipur, India. Her short story Bellow Yellow appears in Grey Oak Publishers’ anthology Down The Road. She has written book reviews for Helter Skelter and Epic India, which is now defunct. A fictionphile beyond redemption, she is perpetually oscillating between kowai and kawaii.

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