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Garlanded Guest

By Sharanya B

GARLANDED GUEST

I wish to invite Aphrodite over for chai
Katy Perry will do too
The blue-eyed goddess could arrive
On a dark horse and I shall stand
At the entrance of my brown house 
Too unconventional for a twenty first century conversation but perhaps I could greet her
With a tantalising inquiry
“How are enemies made?”
What fluxes out of your fingertips
Webbing and falling over abstinence
Like a silky cage and for heaven’s sake
Enlighten me on
“How do I make them stay?”

I am blind to anachronism so I 
Couldn’t tell if it’s an Aphrodite or Katy Perry
Brandishing their wisdom 
I would still stop them mid-sentence
To only return with something brewing
In an arabesque teacup

You see, it might be sweltering here
And revenge might be cold
But chai is best served hot

Sharanya B lives in Trivandrum, Kerala and studies English literature. Her poems have been published in several magazines/sites such as Madras Courier, Literary Vibes, Annual anthology by Poetry Society of India and many more.

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