Mural in Nagbahal, Patan. Photo by author.

First published in Newtown Literary, Issue 16 (Spring/Summer 2020).

watching a movie
ambling down the block, aimlessly
licking melted ice cream in the winter sun
without worrying about
what
mother/father/husband/in-laws
would say
is the freedom she is savoring
for the first time
today

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