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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Sreedhar Vinnakota is a theoretical physicist and writer from Chennai, India. His poems have been published in One Sentence Poems and Right Hand Pointing.

Sreedhar Vinnakota

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At the crossroads, a signal
holds me back like a mistress
turning red at the sight
of me sneaking out of bed.

Men with a mean streak whistle
past, making their passes
leaving us together, as if
we were inseparable lovers.

Tucked in the sheets
– of traffic –
I watch her changing
colours, thinking

to break free, and to get ahead
needs practice, and pressure
to be applied and absorbed
appropriately on the clutch.