Thesis on Fruit / aditi machado

This is a study on bias, on how the orange
is deemed joyous, capable of spring and unreeling
skin off healed wounds; how grapes are sudden
raindrops seductive as poison;
.
how the apple is wholesome and yet bitten
off in fractions by imperfect people; how the mango’s
etymological root is someone’s succulent summer
first kiss; how the melon is chameleonic:
.
pregnant with itself, sexual, violent as cue balls,
smooth as riverbed stones, endlessly semiotic;
how you cannot forget the discovery of pomegranate
.
seeds as they spill out — the ancient colonies
of an ancient civilisation — and how you looked
at the minute hearts of jewels, and how you felt
the small Niles gush down your throat,
the backward waterfall
of words.
.
•••

Aditi Machado‘s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various Indian and international journals. She lives in Bangalore, India and blogs at Blotting paper.

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