Umang Kalra


someday we will die        digitally
& biologically         too & nobody
will be left        to hurt from our
absence:        do we call this
the         end-times        or some-
thing        less        extravagant?
where will you be        when it’s
my turn        to decompose? will
you feast        on me again        the
way        you have done        in this
life? will you make friends        with
the maggots         & the wires        that
will live        in my lungs from now on. 
where will we put        all our heart
emojis        & what of        surveillance?
are the ones        who watch us a special
kind/breed/thing/        /sort of object? 
will they become earth also? or is there
somewhere else they must         die? what
of this apocalypse: the waterfalls are waiting
to murder us. some of us        are waiting
to let them.


Umang Kalra is a writer from India and the founding EIC of VIBE. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Wax Nine, Lucy Writers’ Platform, and elsewhere. They are a two-time Best of the Net Anthology finalist and a Pushcart nominee. Read more at