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


Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal is a poet, author based in Singapore. She is a nominee of Pushcart Prize :Best of Small Presses Anthology 2021, and author of two poetry collections 'Between Sips of Masala Chai'(Kitaab, 2019) and 'Chimes of the Soul' (self published-2015). Her poems have been featured in anthologies, journals and online magazines in Singapore, India, USA. She has read poetry in Malaysia and at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai.

Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal


Fault Lines

The day steps slowly out of the light.
I cross my fingers, that you will
be my incandescence of the Seletar skies,
a road-bend, where asphalt meets the sky.
Our fate lines lie interlocked,
warmth of our clasp
still beckons nesting bulbuls.

But, as I tend to my skewed lines
and learn to inhabit them,
somewhere across thousand miles,
you speak of tectonic plates and fault lines.