Fingertips as Topographical Map / Priyanshi Singh

that which lives must also erode


three out of five of these
flesh mounds grow contours
after sifting over keypads
and wetness for months on end


that which lives must also
from time to time
be permitted to break its atmosphere
to let in from another world

red skinned knuckle ranges

silver glaze on black grasslands that dip
on their side into curls housed within which
is all the magic conjured in history

and an almost red mouth-volcano
puckered to perfection
meant for everything that is the opposite

of destruction
magmaed in wonder

Priyanshi is a student of literature, amateur hindustani classical vocalist and an avid watcher of cat videos. She sometimes blogs at

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