Faithfulness by Sanjeev Sethi

Stridulation isn’t strangeness. It’s a need
when taciturnity is lost to caterwauling
at zoo of diurnal contracts.

Confrontation is one way of getting heard,
the other is exercising conciliatory moves.
You chose the third.

First time you uncovered your waterworks
you fastened me to my tao. Telltale of your
quiet transferred your cache to my undercroft.

SANJEEV SETHI is the author of three well-received books of poetry. His most recent collection is This Summer and That Summer (Bloomsbury, 2015). His poems are in venues around the world: Off the Coast, Drunk Monkeys, Degenerate Literature, Haikuniverse, The Penwood Review, Squawk Back, W.I.S.H. Press, Easy Street, Novelmasters, Zarf Poetry, Postcolonial Text, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.

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