Dreadlocks off limits to combs.
It is an unedited gospel of love.
Tresses like streams
Of eternal fire-
From the arsenal of her body.
Poems conceived in a celestial tongue
When stars align with cesarean precision.
It is our own language.
Are neither left nor right aligned
Time zones hinge at every line break
Like sunflowers- un-aligned to the scorching heat.
Every evening, on her terrace ,
she lets her hair down and flies a kite,
Her verses tell vivid stories
Stitched together in myriad colors.
Her verses gurgle like rivers let loose.
She never braids them
With her bare hands
Before a poetry reading.
When her poems are read
No boyfriend or pimp is allowed
Inside the reading hall.
Her kite, untethered to her surname,
Soars high, till it gets entangled with the stars.
Attempting to translate her poems
Is like making love to a capricious mistress.
Her curly, kinky stream of verses
Sway to the rhythm of her gait
Untamed by the clanging of her anklets.
Her book of poems,
a treatise on disheveled hair
and tresses on fire.
S. Chandramohan is an English language poet based in India.