i always wonder
what the root of their hatred was
boiling red rage
spreading through their bodies –
what of love?
only a line was enough to divide them.
i used to wonder
what caused so much conflict
purple blue bodies
on both sides.
what of borders?
even division could not stop liquid hate.
akshada is a student of literature, passionate about writing. her works have been published by the punch magazine, borderless journal, live wire, among others.
featured image illustration by pariplab chakraborty