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- William Shakespeare


Anuradha Vijayakrishnan is an Indian writer living in Dubai. Her work has appeared or will be published in Stand Magazine, The Chakkar, Twenty-Two Twenty Eight, Borderless journal and Magma. She is the author of a poetry collection (The Who-am-I Bird, Bombaykala) and a novel Seeing the girl (LiFi Publications). Her work has been translated into Chinese, Italian and Arabic.

Anuradha Vijayakrishnan

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Woman who stole my phone

You have beautiful eyes I saw clearly as you looked around
Before reaching for that phone
You have long red nails that slipped like cold water over the body
Of my lonely phone and gently drew it into your clasp
Your curly black hair gleamed in the rich fluorescence of airport lighting
As you relaxed and smiled perhaps picturing
My phone sliding into the depths of your purse next to other
Little things you have collected as you travel
From city to city slinging your sly backpack and walking
With that bold sway that I will remember and easily know
The next time we meet