That Peculiar Thing (1)

By Ritika Kaushik

Usurping the winged agents
Of imagination
An infection
Enters the sterile body
From the tip of finger

To the lips
Into the mouth
Getting mixed with the saliva
And into the blood vessels

But, for it to reach the brain
Is a much shorter route
Through the nape
Just below the hairline
As soon as it bends

And yeah, it comes out
Like vomit
Into the face of the person without options
There is no war
But transmission
And we see it there

But, pray what is it, really?
Oh! That! Well…
That peculiar thing about Homo sapiens
That comes before want
And after the ends meet

Now, the question remains
What did the tip of the finger touch?
Why, but everything love
Like a kiss

Everything except that thing
That got stuck
In between the canine
And the molar

Even that wedged stick
Split in two but joined at one end

As the lips meet
There’s a loud snap

And there it goes away

Like it never was


About the poet:


Ritika Kaushik, a UGC NET JRF awardee, is currently pursuing an M.Phil/PhD program at the School of Arts and AestheticsJawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) with focus on Indian documentaries. Starting with graduation in English Literature from Delhi University, Ritika received a formal training in Film and Video production, Still Photography Media Appreciation and Communication Theory by completing a Master of Arts in Mass Communication, at Anwar Jamal Kidwai Mass Communication and Research Centre (AJKMCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). Her student film Once upon a Sultan was screened at the JIFF’12 (Jaipur International Film Festival). After that, she had a tryst with the commercial film industry, working as an Assistant Director for the film Vicky Donor in 2011, a Rising Sun Films production, and was also involved with the education industry from 2011–2012, working with idiscoveri education in the capacity of Educational Content concept reviewer/content writer and as an Assistant Director for making R&D films for school students involving innovative teaching and content. She has also worked as a freelance writer for from 2008-2009, and has also freelanced as a media practitioner.


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