We’re all just stories,

word after word being written.


Yet isolated.

Breathing in this choking space.

Moving in circles and circles

Trying to make sense of things

With our limited knowledge of everything.


What do you see in the image?

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Winter night

A cigarette that had just been kissed

Still lit

Lies on the cold asphalt floor

A day that has died

Spreads its blue lifeless body

On this cold ground

A yellow leaf

Shivering, cries under the foot

Of an excited child

A little fire burns somewhere

Beside which sits a caterpillar

On the lookout for Mr. Torkato

Who had promised him

A beautiful polaroid.


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What am I?

I feel like a full balloon

Floating towards a blue sky

With a tiny tiny hole

Exhaling air more than I take in

I feel like a wet sand castle

I still am

But for how long?

I feel like an unformed cloud

In a clear sky

How will I collect myself from places I belong to?

I feel like an old cassette player

Stuck to a tune that doesn’t sound anymore

Just a dust collecting tool.

I feel like the half milky moon

There, yet not there

In this ever changing night sky.


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Love and Life

I bloom in love for a lot many-

Life is good, I realise.

Is there a limit to one’s capacity

To give love, and take it too?

For just giving is never the way,

Or just taking it, too.

There are friends-

Who understand thoughts better than mere words can explain

There is family-

Whose blood run in your veins and habits from years before dance in your system

Then, there are some people-

Whom you have loved more than you should have, or less than you should have

The scary what ifs always linger.

But, that’s life I guess.

Maybe there will be a someone

Whom I can give my dedicated love to

Or if there is no one-

A compromised love will have to do, I guess.

That’s life too- full of guesses and uncertain certainties.

~insight07 •

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