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When you die, I’ll inherit 

a mass of lead 

and prepare to carry it forever. 

I’ll memorise the words 

you mispronounce 

and chant them like a mantra. 

I’ll eat what you’re allowed 

and breathe in the intonation 

of your rasps. I’ll meditate 

until my skin turns the colour 

of your needle stabs. 

I’ll carry and 

memorise and 

meditate and 

prepare to live 

without you 

because it’s all I can do.

Suchita Parikh-Mundul is a freelance writer, copy editor and poet. Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines like The Bombay Literary Magazine, Yugen Quest Review, Outlook India, Muse India, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, and anthologies like Amity: peace poems (ed. Sahana Ahmed, Hawakal, 2022), The Well-Earned (ed. Kiriti Sengupta, Hawakal, 2022), and international compilations.

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