Breath-is-relative-to-time by Aakriti Kuntal

Wind presses against my feet

Crevices are moments too

moments of walking, walking,

running, grinding, running

I dreamt that I’m a treadmill

Life running with her long legs 

Her long legs too long for my retreating skin

You said that time is convoluted

Like a robin in frenzy, scissors binding skin

You said, across floating dreamless states

of my rotating head, you said that time 

is a disaster, that everything is already washed

Blank white, crepe folding in fingers, 

fingers outrunning air, always trying to grasp at inevitability 

You said with cerulean lips, diamonds engulfing skies

amidst shores of blue, sparkling blue, sitting inside a stray boat,

humming inside grand oceans

You said that all life is just a long heavy breath

Go slow


Aakriti Kuntal is a 24-year-old emerging poetess from the country of veritable colors and stratified rainbows, India. A Network Engineer by profession she has been writing for over a year now. She enjoys nature, music, all things geeky and all things art.

Aakriti writes for the Writings of Aakriti Kuntal, and her work has been published in 1947 Literary Journal, Duane’s PoeTree blog, Visual Verse and Indian Periodical among others.

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21 thoughts on “Breath-is-relative-to-time by Aakriti Kuntal”

  1. Reminded me of a song by The Shins, so I’ll take a moment to sing for you.
    “You said that time would wash ever’y tower
    to seaaa.
    And now you’ve got that, worrrrry in your heaaart.
    But I guess it’s only life,
    it’s only nat-ur-al.
    We all spend a little while
    going down the rabbit hole.
    The things they taught you,
    are lining up to haunt you,
    you gotch’ur back against the wall.”

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