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July is an alphonso sliced in half by Khatija Khan

Khatija Khan

Artwork by Avijit Roy

july is an alphonso sliced in half

1/2 july might know who reads the quran backwards and turns the rain acidic july is the line of difference two mattresses form july is how i know ice too is warm what makes it cold is the latent heat it owns july might be the eclipse that takes away the noor of the moon july is the month who backstabs the sun before the afternoon july is when god’s creatures leave their third thoughts on their pillows and murmur shab-ba-khair

1/2 july is a mosque borrowed from the heaven flipkart does not sell july you find it wrapped in smiles you find it stuck on fallen lashes that fly when fallen girls wish upon them july enters through the pinholes and sprinkles slices of sun on the ashes july scratches the dirt off the old cupboards and cuts her fingernails july is the pact that ends the battle of constantinople july is peace after a heart-piercing war july is when god’s creatures leave their third thoughts on their pillows and murmur subh-ba-khair

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