The New Wilderness – Athena Kashyap

Books are all that remain of trees,

the wind from turning pages procuring

a murmur in the mind as words jostle, reset,

put down roots to spawn forests and woods.

The last remaining bison float

like clouds in our dreams.

No need for jungles, the new wilderness

spreads within us as bodies

transform into thought, the only worlds

we inhabit within our minds…

we scour streets for something to kill

or else gouge the page to feel alive.

The New Wilderness can be found in Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine V.42, 2011.

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