July is an alphonso sliced in half by Khatija Khan

Khatija Khan
Artwork by Avijit Roy

july is an alphonso sliced in half


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july might know who reads the quran backwards and turns the rain acidic
july is the line of difference two mattresses form
july is how i know ice too is warm
what makes it cold is the latent heat it owns
july might be the eclipse that takes away the noor of the moon
july is the month who backstabs the sun before the afternoon
july is when god’s creatures leave their third thoughts on their pillows and murmur shab-ba-khair

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july is a mosque borrowed from the heaven
flipkart does not sell july
you find it wrapped in smiles
you find it stuck on fallen lashes that fly when fallen girls wish upon them
july enters through the pinholes and sprinkles slices of sun on the ashes
july scratches the dirt off the old cupboards and cuts her fingernails
july is the pact that ends the battle of constantinople
july is peace after a heart-piercing war
july is when god’s creatures leave their third thoughts on their pillows and murmur subh-ba-khair

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