I have met you many times before

but I still have questions.

Your pretty generosity

evokes my curiosity about your


How do I explode past shyness?

You compliment my eyes,

my leather skirt, the lotus tattoo

on my right foot,

but first and most importantly –

my arc.

A million thank-yous for

helping me see

power in the arc.

That I do not have to play dead as a line.

I can speak my own aphorisms,

and even write them down.

“There is no permit for creation.”

What is it about you,

that makes me feel so handsomely myself?

© Nisha Bhakoo