Monstering

Disabled Women and Nonbinary People Celebrating Monsterhood

Skirts, From Above

CW: Sexual abuse, violence

 

I.
A lift and a  fall
   out  of place / I  am having unbearable  difficulty

in being a Poet

Who holds the crown while I wait? The first god
   of mine: a beast 
              with impeccable taste

              his hand on my neck affirming
              that  there was enough

                        of us 
to mean something

II.
In order to make yourself comfortable
you are allowed to do whatever is needed
even murder, thieve and rape
Be our guest, welcome in
We have been anticipating your arrival
full of dreadful excitement 
We have made the beds and set the table
and prepared our bodies   so well

III.
For    the poem
           I would make any sacrifice 

For you:      I would sacrifice
               the poem

IV.
                 Father: fuel and fire

             He has given me nothing
             other than my beautiful
             madness

V.
   Twirl! The bells sound
   I spin spin am dancing
      but not a dancer 

              of course: a spectacle

          brilliant, unprofessional

VI.
Don’t you love 
   who I  become          don’t you 

  become, love

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Black and white photograph of Aditi in front of white background.

Black and white photograph of Aditi in front of white background.

ADITI NAGRATH is a poet, art therapist, and part-time monster based out of New Delhi, India. She believes that the only way out is through. All of her poems are dedicated to you.