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जंगली गुलाब/Jangli Gulaab (Briar Rose)
by Shveta Thakrar For Francesca Forrest So red this rose Brambles burst from my mouth (Stammers strangled into sterile silence) A thicket of thorns so deep So sharp Punctures me stab by stab Pinning my shivering skin To this sanitary mounting board of a bed I am classified, categorized, made clean Tell me, O Prince, O Raja, Have you ever seen a specimen As finely preserved? Pain blossoms bloom