Asmara Malik can usually be found lurking at http://elmara.deviantart.com [link], where she has, to-date, been awarded six Daily Deviations in Literature. She was one of the eight winners of the LUMS Young Writers Workshop & Short Story Contest 2013. She was short-listed for the Matthew Rocca Poetry Award by Verandah, an Australian journal of art, design and literature. Her work has appeared in Karachi: Our Stories in Our Words (OUP, Pakistan), Papercuts, Poets & Artists, Sparkbright, Read This Magazine and Breadcrumb Scabs, among others.
Sepia Evening Cinema
is mighty above all things.
You will never know this better as when you see this girl
dim, except when her silken sari is slowly unfolding before
of rounding, lilting love-melodies; haunting phantom-wails
emerging whole from cavernous mouths,
lipstick-shaped lexis to anthems that reverberate across
huntress hair. You could care less,
Your heart is a warrior; it is mighty above all else.
It knows –
So, when you see them running after you with guns,
And it will always start to rain in the forest
pleated to perfection, come-hither eyes crooning,
before she starts to dance.
you could spit at demons for,
reach out to touch her…
and I speak these words into black-sieved mouthpieces
to catch you breathing on the other
I have not dialled a number; I could not
Your silence keeps me gambling with words that spill
it’s always about the girl,
it’s always about the girl.