Sub – Zero Visibility by Vandana Kumar

pm2.5
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Sub – Zero Visibility
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The city with masks
Buy one
Get one free
Works for PM2.5
It screams
.
And you put it on
You pass the sewages
You don’t notice the smell
.
The urchins
Long since removed
From your lexicon
The ghettos you cross
Such trepidation
.
Caught in parking lots
Can’t reverse
Can’t move ahead
And 4am extremities for the insomniac
Either porn
Or religious discourse
.
The districts in old town
Offer you flesh
Come hither looks
Or boast such purity
You think
She never ever touched herself
.
‘Smoke gets in your eyes’
The city and its mask
Works well for PM2.5
It taught you how to shed tears
But muffled the cries
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Vandana Kumar is a bon vivant who loves travelling, working with young minds and exploring possibilities beyond the ordinary. A middle school French teacher in New Delhi, her passions include playing the piano.  She has been published at ‘GloMag’, ‘Scarlet Leaf Review’, ‘Destiny Poets’. One of her poems was shortlisted and published by the “All India Poetry Society.
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