Water Bottle

how do the hours
the days the months

pass through you,
or in other words

wherefrom this rippling
inner peace

this unbothered plastic
way of looking?

saying not a word,
you proceed to

dramatically hurl your
cap high high

over your head—
a graduate in the

occult practices
of doing nothing


Faiz Ahmad is a recent graduate from IIT Madras, India. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Constellations, Salamander, Poetry Daily, Poetry South, and elsewhere.