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  November 2015
volume 12 number 2
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  home   (archived)
  contributing poets
  Sheikha A.
  M.I Akande
  Gwyndyn Alexander
  Prerna Bakshi
  Gary Beck
  Stefanie Bennett
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Jeffrey Bryant
  Terry Clark
  Robin Wyatt Dunn
  Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
  Hedy Habra
  Dave Houston
  Trista Hurley-Waxali
  Robert S King
  Marie Lecrivain
  Emma Lee
  Ron Lucas
  Frank Mundo
  Scott Thomas Outlar
  Angel Uriel Perales
  James G Piatt
  Frank Praeger
  Hattie Quinn
  John D Robinson
  john saunders
  Apryl Skies
  Julia Stein
  Jonathan Taylor
  Amy Uyematsu
  J.T. Whitehead
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Prerna Bakshi
November 2015



photo by françois biajoux

    Prerna Bakshi is a sociolinguist, research scholar, writer and translator of Indian origin currently based in Macao. Her work has previously been published in over two dozen journals and magazines, most recently in Grey Sparrow Journal, Silver Birch Press, Wilderness House Literary Review, Kabul Press, and Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. Her full-length poetry collection, Burnt Rotis, With Love, is forthcoming from Les editions du Zaporogue. She tweets at @bprerna



Minor Changes

(In memory of my sister)

Everything is still the same
as you left
just with minor changes.
Like this chocolate brown wooden door
that you used to ask me to shut
when engrossed in watching TV.
It had stopped getting shut, lost its shine,
it's now all repaired and polished.

Like this bed you used to sleep on and the one
on which we spent countless hours
whispering and giggling at night.
This bed is now heavy
with the weight
of your absence.
Its mattress had stopped providing support
for my orphaned back.
The bed is still the same but the old mattress
has now been replaced with the new firmer one.

Like this little red-colored bed side
alarm clock that had stopped ticking
when you left, refusing to make
the familiar tick-tock sound.
It's now all repaired, it ticks
ever so slowly.

copyright 2015 Prerna Bakshi