I want to lose all essence of my being

Blur the lines of my skin

Let my limitations cease

And dissolve in this darkness.


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Just maybe, things will be alright

This summer in me will never end

Winter will be at bay

And I’ll swim in the light of me.


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On the streets,

Different eyes always linger

On my lips, my breasts, my pale neck

They picture me

My mouth open, my thighs spread

A moan on my lips,

Of their filthy names.

I have put ten layers on me

Of guilt and shame and clothes

Wondering, was it the way I looked

The way I hid my face

The way I let my hair fall

Or the way I didn’t say

Anything at all.


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Words on a paper

A string of words
That pull my thoughts
Away from everything else
They weave
Into seamless lines
And soon
My mind is full of them.

They compel me
To note them down
And infront of me
Is a poem.

My deepest thoughts and desires
Found solace in words
And words are the form they took.
In this form,
They are transmitted to many
Left to their own interpretation.

A piece of me, out there
For you to see, understand, comprehend.

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Alive ~ Few words

Oceans of pain and sorrow,
Stretch beneath the infinite sky
Of life and lessons.
They merge at the horizon,
Where the burning sun
Of happiness and love
Sets and arises
Every single time
To teach us
What it is like
To be alive.


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I am


My life is the sky
Clouds are people
They flow with the tide of wind.

My mind is a tree
Leaves are thoughts
They grow and fall, in cycles.

My heart is the sea
Water is my love
Without it, I am nothing.

My words are meadows
Grass blades my thoughts
Open for all to wander.

This is me.
I am nothing,
But all that already is.

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I find myself in a weird phase;
The youth and relevance of my age
Strike my mind at odd times of the day.
Places I’ve been to, beat with memories and heart of their own,
I catch myself getting lost in its flow.
What lies ahead, who knows?
What has been, has been good
Very good
And I’m thankful,
For the worst of it too.


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I’m rupturing;
The limit of my physical being
Exhausts me, annoys me.

I’ve caught a piece of this universe
In the glass jar of my room
I stare into its nothingness
Night after night after night.

In the deepest hour
When the world is asleep
I collect silences and release them.

The limit of my being extends
To the walls and ceiling;
Bricks and bones with painted skin.
And in it, I breathe
Explore the beautiful horrific dreams
My mind unfolds.


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I want my essence to dissolve;
To be formed in words
And put on paper.
I want to enter your mind
And become a thought
Stay with you
Live within you;
A dream, a visual, a smile.


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Some days, they spell a tiredness

That stretches from bones to my being.

Moon, she looks down

Lonely, lonely, alone

Together, we contemplate life

Away from the choking crowd.


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