Poetry: When we were young by Mayank Chugh

Sometimes, you’ve got to make way for the joy, the sweep of it across your sense of sweat and time. Thank you, Mayank, for giving our team that, and for giving us your poem to share.


When we were young

it all begana white swan fluttered its wings under the water
it all began
it all beganyou and I in the blue
it allabyss of time wrapped in yellow kelp, sweet
it all began you kissing the rippling life inside & outside dancing
with every ray of sunshine coursing through
it allour hearts float
we float we float endless.



Mayank Chugh

A cell and developmental biologist and diversity activist at Harvard Medical School, Mayank is a poet and an artist. He is a selected poet at Through These Realities, a New England art installation 2022 challenging the narrative of mass media that invalidates the experiences of people of colour. His work has appeared or forthcoming in Narrative Northeast, The Lumiere Review, The New Verse News, Pepper Mag, and Spry Literary Journal. He has served as a reader for the Harvard Review and currently, he is working on his first poetry collection. You can learn more him here: mayankchugh.org. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mayank_mchugh

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