Sampurna Chattarji: Neither Reckless Nor Complacent


Profundo russo.

Breathing the air is enough to ignite me, spontaneously.

I turn violent in water.

Later when the current has passed, I cool down and find

at my feet an optically pumping heart.

Gold is my ally, mercury my love.

I take pictures, I tell time.

Eyes of glass, my stomach turbine.

My safety, my health, my purity is in your hands.

Inert, you protect me.

Atomic, I move towards the next big number,

my alkaline sister, my earth metal kin.

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