“A sorry letter to my body” by Kivleen Kaur Sahni

Sometimes I steal glances at you —
outside window planes of local shops,
cramped metro compartments,
and changing rooms —

An uncouth lover;
I used to crouch
between the folds of your shadow

Once you had asked for lilies for our room

I kept stocking acne gel and concealers

Today, if lay a thousand petals at your feet:
Will you forgive me?

Kivleen Kaur Sahni (She/her)
Kivleen Sahni was born in Delhi, India in 1998. Both sides of her family came from Pakistan during the Partition of India and Pakistan. She is a journalist and has worked with major Indian newspapers. While she has reported on various beats in her domain, she is an emerging poet who is trying to build her own voice.