In India, they talk in low light,
in the rationed electricity
that powers the solitary bulb.
They speak in blackness,
not believing light reveals
as we, who suspect darkness deceives.
They do not fear shadows that pass over
one another’s bodies;
in a land pockmarked by paleness,
dimness is understood.
Night falls, an extension of self:
the dark screen of the Des.
For people so long under the light,
About the Author: “I was born in Bombay, India, and have also lived in Vermont, New York City, and Kauai, where I spent a year with my husband and two young children searching for the perfect mango. Currently, I live in Chicago. My creative non-fiction has appeared in Jaggery Lit and Entropy. I am currently at work on my first book, Swimming Lessons, which was a finalist for the 2015 Sheehan YA Book Prize.”
Web: samiraahmed.com; Twitter: sam_aye_ahm