WhenÂ the skiesÂ leaked,Â andÂ rain
collectedÂ inÂ messyÂ puddles
inÂ ourÂ driveway,Â first
small,Â slipperyÂ asÂ sperm,
slidingÂ throughÂ fingers.
Then,Â tinyÂ frogs,Â hunched,
springyÂ asÂ theÂ elasticÂ between
ourÂ legs,Â hoppedÂ about,
slithery-smooth,Â darkÂ grainy
eyesÂ shining. TheirÂ bodies
thrummedÂ withÂ throatyÂ calls,
andÂ theÂ surroundingÂ darkness,
deepÂ woodsÂ behindÂ theÂ house
pickedÂ upÂ theirÂ call,
theÂ airÂ reverberated
withÂ aÂ lowÂ achingÂ sound,
urgingÂ us,Â youngÂ andÂ feverish,
toÂ throwÂ offÂ ourÂ blankets,
stepÂ outÂ intoÂ theÂ night.
~ Athena Kashyap
Athena Kashyap‘s first book, â€˜Crossing Black Watersâ€™, was a finalist in the Stephen F. Austin State University Press poetry awards, and was published by SFA Press in Austin, Texas in 2012. Her second book, â€˜Sita of the Earth and Forestsâ€™, is forthcoming in 2014, also from SFA Press. She currently makes her home in Bangalore, India where she teaches English writing and literature to college students and whoever else is interested.Â
Featured artwork: “Papilio”, by Sonja Dimovska.