The Medley

is a twice-a-year literary journal run by the students of Hansraj College, University of Delhi. It is a repository of stories, poems and essays sent to us from around the world since 2018.

Detail, missed

I pick at the bud, knowing I’ll kill. Peel, peel, peel what’s not ready.

Tight, upright, waiting for suns that will not come, you sit. Stubborn.

I nip at your core, splice your heart, in order to understand the anatomy of grief.

You don’t budge. Through sediment, settlements of souls, I investigate, operate.

Cut by cut, I slice, dissect, open sesame, rip skin full of scabs.

You allow me in. I peel, peel, peel. Bring autumn justice. Strip layer upon layer.

I shred you into strings, theories of everythings. You smile, find breath. Your secret safe from me.

Britta Benson

Britta Benson is a German writer, circus performer and linguist thriving in Scotland, her chosen habitat since the year 2000. She publishes her latest musings and stories on ‘Britta’s Blog – Letters from Scotland’ every day and has featured in online and print publications. She also teaches Gaelic, runs a creative writing group, The Procrastinators, loves to walk up and down the Scottish countryside and drinks far too much tea.