In Remembrance Of

pink tiles of our bathroom
drained in lumps
of blood
drying down      her calves
clenched wrists       molars memory
muscle spasm      Meftal-Spas

Dr Bhuyan’s chamber     waiting bills     bed rest
crinkling packets of ORS      absence
of cooing      face buried
under our thickest blanket
nursing her


how the body

violence      unannounced

how it pulls
the trigger—

warning: none

Shlagha Borah (she/her) is a poet, researcher and freelance writer from Assam. Her work has been published in TTTxPenguin, Catharsis Magazine, Aainanagar, GroundXero, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder of Pink Freud, a student-led collective working towards making mental health accessible in India. She is currently working as the Editor-In-Chief of Shabd Aaweg Review and Associate Poetry Editor at Doubleback Review. She can be contacted @shlaghab on Instagram.

Featured image: Pawel Czerwinski/Unsplash