“Pop pop the pomegranate seeds” by Shivani Kshirsagar



Pop pop

The pomegranate seeds

Bursts of red, your sinful lips

I am Eve.

You are Eden.


Pop pop

The pomegranate seeds

Juice stains

Your body —

My kitchen


Pop pop

The pomegranate seeds

Take a knife

Wrench open the hard shell —

Love a dear murder


Pop pop

The pomegranate seeds

Gleam of diamonds —

Glean the rot —

What delicious delights


Pop pop

The pomegranate seeds

Hades' bait

Persephone's pain —

History called theirs a lovers' tale.




Shivani Kshirsagar is a writer and spoken word poet from Hyderabad, India. She has performed at Hyderabad Literary Fest, and was the runner-up at the National Poetry Slam organised by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad. Along with sharing her writings on Instagram as @girlwiththemane, Shivani also runs a weekly newsletter called "Dear Love".


Twitter: @whatsinamane

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