Bodytalk

Murzban F. Shroff

(India)


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I draw patterns with my toes against your blushing feet
I prod your deadened heel and hope you feel the heat

I meet your stodgy calves in a wholesome series of grips
I feel my shadow move to your anticipatory hips

I squeeze your pudgy thighs with a slightly bemused palm
Just to tell you, babe: you are way out of harm

And then I raise my head and go kaput in your eyes
Love has had its way: my body tells no lies.

Murzban F. Shroff

is a

Consulting Editor for Panorama.

Murzban F. Shroff is a Mumbai-based writer. His fiction has appeared in over 75 literary journals in the U.S. and UK. He is the recipient of the Bacopa Review Fiction Award, the John Gilgun Fiction Award, and 7 Pushcart Prize nominations. His short story collection, Breathless in Bombay, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the best debut category from Europe and South Asia, and rated by the Guardian as among the ten best Mumbai books. His India collection, Third Eye Rising, explores issues such as caste, dowry, displacement, female exploitation, child apathy, and migrant identities. The book featured on the Esquire list of Best Books of 2021. Shroff’s novel, Waiting for Jonathan Koshy, was a finalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize.

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