conflation of space & velvet
my lips could feel soft
constellations on yours,
tracing celestial matter like a
stargazer in a gray-faded basement.
in you, if temporarily,
i found pinpricks of light
against navy silk
stretched over the skies,
midnight settling in as
dark as our melanin secrets-
just two brown girls
sharing heaven’s closet, &
with eyes shut, we soared through
the stratosphere, an aurora borealis
erupting in hearts cloaked by
by the city’s striped indigo dusk.
Shruthi Shivkumar is an avid writer of poetry. She is an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, double majoring in English Writing and Biology, and loves blending perspectives in her writing. At any given moment, you can find her creating, singing, or spending time with friends and family.