They look like little fluorescent monsters
With neon bodies and single eyes
But they clamp clothes well
To the steel rack or to the wrought iron railing

The frenzy of afternoon winds
Which sometimes uproots our world
Cannot shake the warps and wefts of fabric
Firmly pegged in the balcony by clothes pins.

Sometimes I fasten one to the pad of my forefinger
And show you its teeth marks and the area of shriveled skin
You flick your head at my idle games, return your gaze to the TV
But don’t warn me against stopping my blood flow or a nail turning blue

It’s not for the pressing dull pain or to puncture my skin
That I brace clothes pegs on my finger
It’s to see your eyes leap with concern and not glide by with indifference
But the poor pegs can’t achieve so much

They can hold down clothes, not a love that has already flown away

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Vinita Agrawal is a Mumbai based writer and poet. Her poems have been published in Asiancha, Raedleaf Poetry, Wordweavers, Open Road Review, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Spark, The Taj Mahal Review, CLRI, SAARC Anthologies, Kritya.org, Touch-The Journal of Healing, Muse India, Everydaypoets.com, Mahmag World Literature, The Criterion, The Brown Critique, Twenty20journal.com, Sketchbook, Poetry 24, Mandala and others which include several international anthologies. Her poem was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards 2011 by CLRI. She received a prize from Muse India in 2010. Her debut collection of poems titled Words Not Spoken published by Sampark/Brown Critique was released in November 2013. Her poem was awarded a prize in the Wordweavers contest 2013 and the First Prize in Feb 2014 Hour of Writes Contest. She can be reached at www.vinitawords.com

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Vinita Agrawal
Author of three books of poetry, Vinita is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. Recipient of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Mithila Review and over a 100 other national and international journals. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards in 2011. She was awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest thrice. Her poems have found a place in significant national anthologies like Suvarnarekha and Dance with the Peacocks in several international anthologies compiled in Australia and Israel. She was co-judge for the Asian Cha Poetry Contest, 2015. She has read at SAARC events, at the U.S. Consulate, at Delhi Poetree and at Cappucino Readings, Mumbai.

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