Life bled through the pores

In the beginning, the stream was crimson red.
It flowed across the surface in a translucent line that gave birth to several other crystallized tributaries and distributaries.
They all flowed across the differently shaped mounds.
The streams thickened.
And bright yellow fluids seeped through the openings left behind on the mounds.
The reds, the yellows, the greens mixed together in a colourful palette on the mound.
There was life around the colours - throbbing - and therefore pain.
Life bled through every pore.
And therefore pain.

They tried to extricate the outsiders that were settling down around the streams and the mound.
They said they were harmful.

The streams were drying, the colours were dying. 
The pain was receding.

An island has formed - ripe, soft, raspberry pink. 

They said it will turn pink, but will not hurt when you touch. 

Now, a beautifully patterned pink rests on the mound,
With traces of dried-up rivers from the past that changed their courses. 

They all lie naked and dead. 

Around life that once throbbed.


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Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


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