afrose fatima ahmed

Red Water

you were conceived in stream red wine black between bottleneck and chipped coffee mug your silhouette seen woven in sky’s fabric soul recycled distilled by solar system’s tense rotation in my bowl one rice grain soaked in pomegranate juice craved after season’s passing blackberries under rain come too soon that year rotted on bracken not bottled and aged listen, little boy celestial skeleton runny joint bound bone on closet shelf I bounce abstract on my knee visions of you drink wine intoxicated by promise of other planets

afrose fatima ahmed is a poet, teacher and student/translator of Urdu poetry. She climbs in her spare time, in order to gain perspective. Read more of her work at