Your Story

by Pratyusha Prakash

tell me what it is about you that flies, kite-like, through crimson skies and seas of algae and marble turquoise frosted over with footprints and floating sand tell me what it is about you that fights, a sharpened scythe hanging at the very edge of a pale crescent moon a furnace-fired armour tell me what it is about you that falls, tumbleweed, into story and whispered folklore like you belong perhaps below iced-over rose-arches tell me what it is about you that flashes, vital ultraviolet in cupped hands crooked ash-wrists reaching out ever and always, for yourself, for the world.