III Poems by Kashiana Singh

Can Chat GPT make butter?


I asked them about making butter

They judged my question, a smirk

Then asked me a reverse question

Do you want a poem?

Want me to do haiku?

Shakespearean sonnet?


Or do you want to butter someone

As in trying to ass lick, coexistence

Is it about the churned white stuff 

Not white as in white people, dense

But white as in milky white, beaten

Into existence, pint of heavy cream

Produces approx. one cup of butter

Do you like it sweet or more salty

You know what I mean? Butter also

Is quite old fashioned, a generosity

Type habit, mostly extinct, farmers

Called it a separation method, sure

I think it is transformation, a cloud

like fluffiness, pale colored, settled

Into hand pressed solid, utterly and

Butterly delicious, okay tell me how

I can help you with butter, because

Only if you ask, I tell, become better

Than the bitter butter you bought so

Stop wasting my time and yours, so

Stop testing if my knowledge is any

Better than the butter left from the

Buttermilk of whipped b’fast cream


I am stumbling because your queries

are not succinct, nor are they focused

on better outcomes for butter in terms

of timing or procedures, nor do I care


echo chamber

the pixelated eyes

of my therapist



churning butter



Obituary for god


There was no god anymore

In the world I entered after

Death, he was already done

With himself, his creations

The only thing left behind

Was a heel, the heel looked

Like a doughnut, its circled

Center hennaed, by woman

Often the achilles heel digs

Into callused orbits of light

Planets of dust, now of ice





permeable membranes

of earth and flesh



in the temple pond




the fading orange

of his pyre


witch hunt

unclenched aroma

of frangipani


distant ruins

vaporized remains

on your pyre


When Kashiana is not writing, she lives to embody her TEDx talk theme of “Work as Worship” into her every day. She currently serves as Managing Editor for Poets Reading the News. Her chapbook Crushed Anthills (Yavanika Press) is a journey through 10 cities. Her newest full-length collection, Woman by the Door was released in Feb 2022 with Apprentice House Press.

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