Sweta Srivastava Vikram
Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com) is a multi-genre writer and marketing professional living in New York City. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: “Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors” and "Because All Is Not Lost” from Modern History Press and the co-author of a poetry collection“Whispering Woes of Ganges & Zambezi”  published by Cyberwit. Her debut fiction novel, tentatively titled, "Perfectly Untraditional," will be published by Niyogi Books in India. Sweta’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals, online publications, and anthologies across United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, New Zealand, and Philippines. Sweta has held several artist residencies in Europe and America and worked on collaborative projects with artists from Zimbabwe and Australia. She is a graduate of Columbia University. Follow her on Twitter (@ssvik).

Tattooing 101


Like a female scorpion 
near caves of rocks
who lures her partner
to dance the steps 
of mating
and without any notice
crushes him
once the job is done,
do the same
to your logic.


Trust your gut,
ask your arms
of support,
dear people,
to walk
you to the steps
where paint of eternalness
can adorn your body.


In the unlikely event
cowardice saunters in 
before drops of pleasure
flow down 
faces of anticipation,
pick a mallet
and hit on the head,
yes, on your globe-shaped skull
brewing fear
in empty space,
without any restraint
so it becomes porous 
and allows odor 
of desires to permeate.


Once the artist sighs
at the display
of his magnificence,
admire the abyss
of rainbow,
like pit on bread,
you will always carry.


Turn to your friends
and ask why a Porsche
wasn’t an option
to fight crisis
of middle age
and hope they say:
unlike other chapters
in the novel
of your life,
a tattoo speaks 
the language of permanence.

Horticulture 101

Dexterity makes a pot of love
stuffed like the pregnant belly
of grape leaves answering cravings.

Eyes roll, smile births
fountains of gurgles.
Compulsiveness grows,
weeds out weeds
like a trichotillomaniac
plundering unsuspecting hair
until the raw earth bleeds.

In gardening, like smoking dope,
sweet pain creates ecstasy
as the stream of salty water
drowns the angst of reality.


Copyright © 2010 Sweta Srivastava Vikram