Aditya Shankar is an Indian poet, flash fiction author, and translator. His poems, fiction, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in the Moon Park Review, The Ghost Parachute, Indian Literature, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Little Magazine, The Ghost Parachute, Canada Quarterly, Chandrabhanga, Asiawrites, The Four Quarters Magazine, Muse India, Anti Heroin Chic, Dissident Voice, Cliterature and elsewhere. His published books of poetry are After Seeing (2006) and Party Poopers (2014). He lives in Bangalore, India.
Journey to the Center of the Fruit
Nightly, my apartment must be a skin
with pores so open, the beetle slips in
unhurried and untroubled, boring my
private night as if a fruit. All the days
that we passed through the sieve, only
to soil our floor with crumbs of talk, food,
and poetry, turn meeting points for the
bugs, out to show we are full of excess.
At their theatre of death-feigning comedy,
I represent the human in slumber, cut off
from the precision of all issues, unable to
zero-in on the mode or intensity of protest,
unable to consume or digest in totality, a
warm burrow, a throbbing heart that beats
to the rhythm of big words: history, culture
evolution or art, the meaning of which it
was never designed to hold. I might be the
seed of the fruit, the bug saves for the last.