Uma Venkatraman

A Whiff of Spice

When you breathe it
I taste the fragrance
settling gently on lips
as the world swirls
in softly escaping syllables

When you think it
with your face cradled
in my hands
my fleeting portrait
in iridescent colours
etches itself in my palms

When you say it
my name is a
scent-sation of
smoky autumn evenings
with a whiff of spice



Living in Singapore, India-born Uma Venkatraman is a journalist with a passion for poetry. She has been published in anthologies such as Good Morning JusticeAlong The Shore and Beyond The Hill, and online in Pink Panther MagazineThe Rising Phoenix Review, L’Ephemere Review, Amethyst Review and Plath Poetry Project. She has also taken part in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project to raise funds.
Read more from her:
The Colour of Water, in Amethyst Review
Shapeless Sack of Red, in The Rising Phoenix Review

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