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You are more dead, than I am —

lives are but degrees, acknowledged


by comparison;

You have been acute in crimes

and I — acute in suffering, each

pain imposed;

The doctor told me of the places I

was hurt at, and I wonder why

I never knew;


I was swimming,

you were a hurricane

and there was no straw.



© Jayant Kashyap, first published on Vayavya; also in Survival

Picture 10800466, 20th century photograph, image copyright Mary Evans / Photo Researchers



Jayant Kashyap’s poetry appears in Barren and StepAway  magazines, among others; one of his poems was featured in the Healing Words Awards Ceremony (September 2017). His collaborative poems with Lisa Stice now appear in various e-zines. His debut chapbook was Survival (Clare Songbirds, 2019), followed by Unaccomplished Cities (Ghost City Press, 2020). He is the co-founder and editor of Bold + Italic.