Contemporary Literary Review India | Print ISSN 2250-3366 | Online ISSN 2394-6075 | Impact Factor 8.1458 | Vol. 8, No. 1: CLRI February 2021
You have muscles, bones and sinews
You have muscles , bones and sinews.
You have pus and blood, urine and shingles.
You have hair , snot, nails toes and phlegm.
Your unwashed body reeks
there is blood everywhere.
This whole package is tied with skin
When exposed develops fungi everywhere.
And yet, you adorn it with pearls
and smear it with sandalwood and jasmine
you scrub it with oils and chemicals.
You adorn your eyes with kajal
and smear your nose with powder
You walk about, the intestines and kidneys and faeces
safely packed under your skin.
There is no end to the fools
That chase after you,
attracted by the shiny packaging
And you, you delude yourself and others
by ignoring the diamond within.
Priyanka Sharma is a writer.
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