Mother Tongue

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A language pulsates
underneath my skin,
a language in which
I await a dream,
a death wish,
a language bequeathed
to me in a night of
hushed love-making.

There is another language
that waits, makes its presence
felt among the shadows.
Deep into the night
when the axe pierces my body
and my guts spill out,
I shriek
in that language.

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Debarshi Mitra is a 22 year old poet from New Delhi, India. His debut book of poems Eternal Migrant was published in May 2016 by Writers Workshop. His works have previously appeared in anthologies like Kaafiyana and literary magazines like The Scarlet Leaf Review, Thumbprint, The Punch Magazine and Leaves of Ink among others. He was He is the recipient of the 9th Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize.