About Venus.

I wear my hair in a bun, curls cascading down my face,
my bun, prim and perfect like the Manali mountain
rooftop where visitors (tourists and local alike) throng
for the picturesque view they can post on their timelines
as a reminder of the majesty of the place, all the while
paying homage to what I can humbly call my creation;
the gentle curls around my lush pink cheeks hover like the
floating clouds that threaten to hide the wide valleys
nestled behind the crevices of my collarbones and the
steep, winding heights , that are my perky breast,
making experienced conquerors dizzy with their unyielding
climb; my abdomen is the valleys unexplored, some huge
with their unconquerable landscape and some so narrow,
only a stream can run through; into the mystery that is
between my legs, secrets unrevealed, ever gathering moss,
places that my deft fingers- like the animals in the forests-
have been to and been lost in; thighs like tree trunks, strong
and sturdy, developed well enough to carry my own weight
and well as to nurse life (on my lap, children have slept
as the nursed and they sat as they played until they grew)
but dare you seek my wrath and I will uproot and destroy
everything, everything, everything you have ever known to rubble.
So the next time you call me weak, remember that clouds
do rain, mountains do collapse and trees tremble and fall
but it all comes with your destruction.


5 thoughts on “About Venus.

  1. I hadn’t seen your posts in my reader for a long time and was wondering what happened. Then I realised the app had glitches and I wasn’t following you somehow.

    Reading this made me realise how much I had missed your writing. Effortless. Beautiful. Thank you for this, Akanksha.

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  2. As always, such gorgeous work, Akanksha! Out of curiosity, have you read any good poetry books? I know Milk and Honey has been making its rounds across the book blogosphere.

    Also, wishing you a pulchritudinous new year! 🙂


    • Hi Summer, its been a long time, and a very happy new year to you too!
      I myself have been looking for some good poetry books, and do have some shortlisted. I hope to acquire them soon as I’m currently broke. College, you know!
      I’ve heard of Milk and Honey, and its on my TBR. There’s this Indian author called Harnidh Kaur, whose book ‘The Inability of Words’ came out last year, and it has received rave reviews from many people. I would recommend you to look into it. I think it’s on Amazon.
      I’m not very aware of other contemporary poets nor have I read many, but other books that I’d like to read, and which you can check out are- A Country Without A Post Office by Agha Shahid Ali. You can also look out for books by Charles Bukowski, Pablo Neruda and TS Elliot, whose The Love Song Of Alfred J Prufrock I thoroughly enjoyed.
      These are some poets/books that you may enjoy. I’ll keep you updated if I come across a good poetry book, and I hope you like them.

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