Fall colors play my fantasy

a reality once lost in vanity.

My winter sword honors my lips

A long wait for your kiss.

An uncertain dream of your kiss

Yet the certainty of fall colors

is just now my poetic exploration.

Desires torture me

Yet your unconventional love

is now the color of my soul.

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Aparajita Dutta is a writer, poet, social activist and a research scholar from Kolkata, India. She has completed her M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University in 2015. She has been the contributing author of Tell Me a Story, published by Penguin India. Aparajita has written for other books, magazines, and websites as well. Her interests are football, gender rights, disability, and translation. Samples of her writing can be found on her blog: www.crystallasia.wordpress.com.