Ferment-Introducing Aakriti Kuntal


[Poem and art by Aakriti Kuntal]

I fell in love

with a different kind of earth


Blue and glazed yellow walls

Glimmering second coats



beneath my flicking tongue

I grew a cotton ball in my throat

fields in marrow and suspension in skin

Spanned my stockings and grafted my knuckles

I undertook

   in swift easy strokes

the voids in the air

and swiveled through them

A zebra, a lioness, an albatross and a hummingbird




I was sixteen,

tender moist bones,

tiptoeing through the corpses of history

and the

spinning frames of time.

I was sixteen

Flat, underground, gaseous existence

I had swallowed only incense

And I swelled

Daisies in my earlobe, in and around

A spiral existence

Inward and outward

Tomatoes in cubes, platters in my succulent breasts

My face, tatters, snow and landscapes

crayons and clay

I thought I could be


Blue, green or gray

I thought I could


I fell in love with a different kind of earth

Pomegranate contours and bouncy lines


Unraveling ever so slowly

in my entwined arteries


And then I started to spill

Every time I sat

I started to spill

I spilled like a birthing wound

Commotion sewing into

my waistline

A watercolor trajectory


Furry tornadoes wheeled out


my back, my limbs, my neck

My shaky head

in dissonance

My shaky lip

in fermentation

I am a yeast

I am a yeast


I am fermenting

I am fermenting

Cotton stacks piling on my diaphragm

I fell in love

with a different kind of earth

that floats like coal quartets in my chest



Into an uncertainty

of longitudinal story lines

[I, Aakriti Kuntal, belong to the country of stratified rainbows and veritable colors, India. Currently working as a Network Engineer, I have taken to my passion for words rather recently. I was recently published in 1947 Journal and The BlueNib among others.

More photos by Aakriti here: https://www.instagram.com/blue_hemisphere/ %5D

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