"wisteria wilts into my skin and carves a broken daybreak" by Umang Kalra
This piece was originally published in the inaugural issue of The Brown Orient and has been re-published by follow the halo as part of our 7th issue. Illustration is by Visithra Manikam also featured in The Brown Orient.
By Umang Kalra
“Atemporality in a Godless, godless universe was not a profitable topic of discussion…” – David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
wisteria wilts into my skin and carves a broken daybreak
into my flesh, asking god to exist and begging the earth to
unwind itself, burgundy shadows lost amongst tired soil as if
kissing the ground would be enough to give it a name, as if
tearstained footprints could build a nation the way we built
religions out of stone. i crowned myself the monarch of this
realm when i forgot it had already died and nobody cared
who ruled it anymore. the ocean comes quicker than the rain
and nobody cares who birthed a flood if it will swallow our
altars just the same, nobody will ask the apocalypse what
language it speaks, as if it came begging for small talk and
a place to sleep. we fashioned civilization out of a raindrop
and a seed, forgetting that summertime tastes the way it does
only here, that the gods were long dead before we learnt
we are so utterly alone, that the ground will break open and
choke us to death before we know where to begin.
Umang Kalra is a 20 year old Indian poet, currently studying History in Dublin, Ireland. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Luna Luna Magazine, Porridge Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine and others.
Visithra Manikam is a self-taught emerging Malaysian female painter and photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While she learnt and drew the intricate Indian art of rangoli and kolam as a child, she recently began infusing indian art on canvas. Her art is both intricate and has a pop art flavour to it, with an explosion of colours. She mostly creates acrylic paintings and has started working on Malaysian centric art for her reimagined human series.