The Lover

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by Nidhi Agrawal


Shiva! I confess:
A hawk hovered overhead,
and I surrendered
to silk feathers
and beak
hooked for flesh.
My wounds are persistent.

Shiva! I’ve returned
to our cave,
like an offered meal.
Your teeth heal.


Nidhi Agrawal has a background in communication design in media and entertainment spaces. She strongly feels that poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder; a tool that keeps her going in life, driven by the intense physical and emotional trauma she experiences through her medical condition. Her work has been published in South Asian TodayIndian Periodical, Spill Words PressRising Phoenix Review, Setu Journal, and elsewhere. She lives in Bihar, India.