Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

Rookie - 302 Points (Sohra (Cherrapunjee))

Killer Instincts

Gestating, she warned me
not to kill anything.
That was what her ancestors,
the old Khasis, had taught her.

Geckos scoured the walls,
rats the kitchen.
Spiders pestered our sleep,
mosquitoes our limbs.

I do not know
how believers do it.
For nine long months
it was maddening
not to be a killer.

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