Indonesian poet Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi performed her poetry for the first time in 2011 at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. Her poems have been published in ‘The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse’ and ‘The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood’. She lives in Naples, where she is enjoying her new role as mother to her little boy Corentin.

Editor’s note: ‘Analogy’ is published in ‘Ikhda, by Ikhda’, and appears here with kind permission from the poet and the publisher.