Her man pulls triggers for a living,
unquestioning of all commanders’
knowing orders must be followed.
She turns, faces the mirror and repeats
“We brewed this toxic mixture,
caustic and bitter ‘til combined
with lilac scented promises.”
The black veil she fears to wear
now adorns another flower
grown in hardpan soil and arid climes.
Remotely she offers vanilla thoughts and prayers.
Call off interminable fight that squeezes
carmine tears from copper land.
Make still the greedy hands that would transmute
remains of leaden slugs to gold.
Mukund Gnanadesikan was born in the US, the son of two Indian immigrants. His poetry and short stories have been published in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Ayaskala, The Bangalore Review, Calliope on the Web, The Cape Rock, Cathexis Northwest, Meniscus Literary Journal, Blood and Thunder, Poets’ Choice, Kreaxxxion Review, New Verse News, and Dream Noir, among others.. His first novel, Errors of Omission, is due out in fall of 2020 from Adelaide Books. He lives in Napa, CA, where he practices psychiatry.