Avoirdupois, Sanjeev Sethi

Originally published in Section 8 Magazine (2016).

My mind drafted in mirror-writing
to help you decode me.
While sculling through choppiness
we adopted mismatched cant.
This took time to condense.

In a world packed with people
I miss metaphors of a tie-in.
In aloneness I make do with myself,
speaking in tongues or through
cutouts of short-lived thrill.

Yes, the burden
of being me is heavy.

Sanjeev Sethi is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). He is published in more than 25 countries. Recent credits: Talking Writing, Packingtown Review, Abstract Magazine, PCC Inscape Magazine, The Sandy River Review, The Piker Press,The Sunday Tribune, Picaroon Poetry, The Poetry Village, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.