University of Texas at El Paso

            Sankar Roy


Childhood Buddies


After losing her hair from chemo,

she looks like a Buddhist monk   


but her eyes are still the same black butterflies

resting in the shade of her eyebrows.


I see the same seriousness there which taught me to crawl

into her twin-sized bed during the afternoon hours.


We two became honey bees in a hive's tiny cell

and outside, by the water well, our mothers whispering


about a strange feeling in one’s belly.

I feel the same electricity now from her hands’ touch,


showing me how to love a little bit, then like crazy.

Sankar Roy, originally from India, is a poet, translator, activist and multimedia artist living near Pittsburgh, PA. He is a winner of PEN USA Emerging Voices, a Rosenthal Fellow, a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award, awinner of the Skipping Stone Award, a finalist for the University of Arkansas Open Book Competition and three-times semi-finalist for the Crab Orchard Review Competition, author of three chapbooks of poetry– Moon Country, The House My Father Could Not Build and Mantra of the Born-free (all from Pudding House, 2006, 2007, 2008). He is an associate editor of international poetry anthology, Only the Sea Keeps: Poetry of the Tsunami (Rupa Publication, India and Bayeux Arts, Canada). Sankar's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in over seventy literary journals and anthologies.