first heartbreak: a ghazal for angelica By Adithi Raghavan

first heartbreak: a ghazal for angelica

dedicated to my second language: english.

at first, a delirious haze, siren song, caught in her name.
a crooked rose, trodden in bittersweet fame, her name:

angelica. serpent of tongues. daughter of Pandora.
beautiful evil of colonized tongues—stolen names:

murderer. gone is my mother tongue. imprisoned away.
but her name, like honey, dripped from my lips, when i begged her to stay—

you leech. claiming your territory, see my iron-stained veins.
my identity dissipates. i once called the sun’s name—

angelica. my own voice sounds foreign to me, when i call you.
fading into the background, left among the choir, same song, same name:

angelica. like the fleeting wind, she danced her seductive ways.
onto her next victim. fluid paths of pain.

and now, all i know is her name.
my own, a mark of shame: what is my name?

By Adithi Raghavan

Biography:

Adithi Raghavan is an emerging poet from Washington State whose poems have been published in several school literary magazines and online publications like the Apprentice Writer. She has a forthcoming publication in the Blue Marble Review. Her writing has also been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Currently, she is working on her first chapbook.

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