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Nidhi Agrawal: Unsynchronized

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“A lot of you cared, just not enough” — Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

You leech on the antique melodies

Of Bollywood and

Drain the life out of my head

You know I am a sucker for

Thunderclap and rain squall.

Please don’t call me

An unhappy and conflicted modern woman!

Sometimes, only when you talk

It’s all about either psychology or

Your fitness regime

Perhaps you are not informed,

I ache for

Midnight mush

Unclose hearts

Vulnerable wounds

Clusters of dripping wet words

And, maybe, honey-dipped


Please don’t call me

An unbalanced and battered old hat!

We don’t speak the same language

Our letters identical and

Words unsynchronized.

You speak apathy

I speak love.

Please don’t call me

An unsuitable woman, you know

You don’t even ripple.

About the Author: Nidhi’s writings have been featured by Yugen Quest Review, Quadrant Australia, Girl Talk HQ, eShe Magazine, University of California, Riverside, Say it Forward, Chicago School of Arts, Lewis Clark State College’s literary journal, St. Francisco University’s journal, The Elevation Review (Kneeland Poetry Inc.), The Dillydoun Review, Xavier Review Press, California State Poetry Society, Signal Mountain Review - The University of Tennessee, Chronogram Magazine, Letters (Yale University), Setu Journal, Spill Word Press, South Asian Today, Indian Periodical, Rising Phoenix Review, Life in 10 Minutes Press, Ariel Chart, Women's Web, Women for One, Lekh, Garland Magazine, and Muse India. She is the author of "Confluence."


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