Sampurna Chattarji: Yellow


Give me the yellow that is the opposite of feeble
Give me the strong yell of it
Its shout of glee in the middle of my belly
The yellow of navel
Mustard yellow in a field of gluttonous joy
Turmeric colouring my fingers yellow as I eat
This moment


Yellow not submarine this is unacceptable yellow
the one who will not sit down in polite living rooms
dabbing its mouth with a hanky this yellow not buttercup
but bravado carnal in its appetite this is the one who will
stick its coloured tongue out like a child yellow not moon
seductive in a crooner’s voice but brutal in its need to spill
its guts out in a momentary sickening confession

Sampurna Chattarji

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