Megha Sood


The rugged terrain of those unforgiving lanes
the ones warmed by the scorched feet
parched throats
these blisters and welts have a story to tell
the suppurating skin begets mercy

Dreams glimmering in those bleary eyes
shimmering with the hopes of a foreign land
across the barbed wires:
whose pointy edges deemed softer
than the poking ends of AK 47 rifle on my naked throat
Dreams shattered–
my brown land turned into a deviant ocher shade
That rust,
the blood infested infection
devoured my childhood
slowly sucking away the sliver of air from my chest
a contagion unknown

My chest pounding in my heart.
ghosts of past resonating in the folds of my skin
The heart;
which still keeps the land of love neatly folded
like a pressed Dahlia. The faint strains of its fragrance
still, lace my dreams at night

Every turn and twist in the path
takes us nearer to the hope of finding solace
in the land foreign to me.
Like a fly trapped in the window frame
I’m fleeing towards the lands of my salvation

Eyes bulging out, skin whitened by the summer sun
frail limbs, scorched backs
you can carve the silhouette of my bony frame
in your milky moonlight
I carry the prayers for your unborn child
prayers taught by grandmother
in my pursed lips, a sacred hymn

You are the savior of my pulverized hopes
a sliver of hope slowly withering,

But the dreams turn into a nightmare
seeing the air whizzing out of my newborn
a curse for a mother–
heaving chest burying the stench of death

How can you save the soul of a country?
a symbol of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
a country made from the colorful skin of millions
when you throw away the water: our sustenance
empties it on a dusty trail
in defiance of the love you once held.

Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. She is a contributing editor at Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar, GoDogGoCafe, and Poetry editor at Ariel Chart and Mookychick. Over 350+ works in journals including FIVE:2: ONE, KOAN, Kissing Dynamite, Dime show review, etc. and works featured in 35 other print anthologies by the US, UK, Australian, and Canadian Press. Two-time State-level winner of the NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019.National level poetry finalist in Poetry Matters Prize 2019 and shortlisted in Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019. She blogs at and tweets at @meghasood16.


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