After the storm has passed
The rain that removes the dust and grime
also falls on this poor swallowtail butterfly
resplendent in gauzy blue, green and black.
Weary after its long journey, it rests on the bark
too tired to care
as each drop, a seeming downpour,
steadily washes away its colors
one stroke at a time.
Dripping unseen, uncared for
down to the muddy ground
the colors of life wash awayÉ
A painting in reverse
On assessing the qualities of three different hearts
Melts with one hot, searing glance
Flesh and blood heart
Hemorrhages and festers and can be scarred with a sharp syllable
Shatters into a thousand tiny fragments with one strong blow
Conclusion: So is it better to have no heart at all?
© Nivedita Karthik
Bio: Nivedita Karthik is a graduate in Immunology from the University of Oxford and a professional Bharatanatyam dancer. She loves writing poems and stories and has been previously published in Glomag and The Society of Classical Poets.