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-         Manas Bakshi (India)


Smelling asphodel

In the fleshy parts

Of a tempting teenager, 

Her first night customer exclaims:

"I need whisky no more

To sink as a crazy insect

In your dreamy eyes".


Long back

She had cherished in her mind

A rosy picture of life;

Colours she needed

To draw it fine

Soon vanished---

Her creative urge too cringed

Confronting the scaring strokes

At some perversive nights! 


It was left half-finished---

Will she now contemplate

Another portrait outlined afresh

Knowing for certain

From the infernal whorehouse

She has no way to escape!