Illustration by Shanna Cruickshank

Earthbound words on a flight of fancy. ETA: Uncertain. by Sangeetha Balakrishnan


Illustration by Shanna Cruickshank
Illustration by Shanna Cruickshank

My black socks took to flight out of my balcony
and beyond the compound wall. Last I saw, the flight
was ascending behind the Ashoka tree by the wall.
The black socks promised to get me a multihued pair
from their travels to lands far yonder. I wait at the
Arrivals terminal for my gift — eager and excited. I smile
thinking of a striking pair with horizontal stripes of
orange and purple and yellow and pink, with motifs of
unicorns and pixies and dragons and cyborgs.
Camped out here, I am excited. But I told you that already.


About the Author

Sangeetha Balakrishnan

“A bait idea lures in a grand, luscious one heavy with possibilities. Idea-fishing.”

Sangeetha Balakrishnan teaches Chemistry at a college in Chennai. A scientist by training, she is a logophile by temperament.


About the Illustrator

Shanna Cruickshank

Shanna Cruickshank works as a full time Graphic Designer but her true passion is Traditional Art. She was born in New York City, but she has lived in Trinidad and Tobago for years. You can follow her on Instagram.


Earthbound words on a flight of fancy. ETA: Uncertain. is one of the many amazing submissions we have received so far for the second edition of the literary collection The Machinery. You can read the first edition here.

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