The sun throbs behind a sheet, by Manahil Bandukwala

Kisses underestimate
distance between islands.

Sky reaches ocean in a tumble.
Roll in sand, grass
and solidifying tar. Brief
rendezvous doesn’t erase
soil’s dampness, nor dew
glittering on glass blades.

Sky reaches ocean
to touch coral reefs. Ocean
reaches sky, gives atmosphere
a kiss.


Published 29th January 2019


About Manahil Bandukwala 

Manahil Bandukwala is a poet and artist. Her first chapbook, Pipe Rose, came out with battleaxe press in 2018, and her second chapbook, Paper Doll, is forthcoming with Anstruther Press in 2019. is on the editorial teams of In/Words and Canthius. See more of her work at