Did you, my beloved, notice the barbed wires
that run along the length of the city,
to separate you from me?
Such walls of divisiveness are man-made:
penetrating your blue arteries, they weave
narratives of difference
to divide us-
to partition our hearts and mind,
to partition our spirit and soul.
The yellow regret of my past
blends with the scarlet passion
of my desire
in the no-man’s land
where you and I
clash and coalesce.
Ria Banerjee is an upcoming poet from India. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Calcutta University and is currently working as a guest faculty in English at South Calcutta Girls’ College and Prafulla Chandra College (South City, Evening).