You are more dead, than I am —
lives are but degrees, acknowledged
You have been acute in crimes
and I — acute in suffering, each
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.