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Fumes of Madness

For she looked lovely and was the center of attraction.
Underneath his apron, he carried a bottle of  vitriol.
Minutes ago she was laughing at a random joke.
Eventually he splashed her face with heat.
She shrieked and felt her face dissolve.

Others were shocked and he ran away.
Fifteen seconds of fury washed away her life.

Maybe he was insane or even an admirer,
A creature of jealousy, lust or rage,
Drunk on the wine of entitlement and ego.
Nevertheless he could not change her.
Even without her looks, she won hearts.
Survived the catastrophe and had her way,
Shocking the world with the powers she had.

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You keep shining.
Bright streaks of light
Dazzle me.
Enchant me.
And keep me waiting..
Waiting for you.

Amidst Soul-lessness

There is smoke somewhere. 
I cannot seem to figure out where. 
The lights are here, the music is here.
Has it been home here ?
Perhaps. Maybe when it did not rain.
Or maybe when it rained and it did not matter.
Maybe when I walked alone, smiling to myself. 
Or maybe when I realized I was okay.
Had it been always like this ?

Not really. 
Things clicked, took effort and blood. 
Did I do it ? Or the beasts did ? Maybe we both together,
Played this game. 
Amidst soulful solitude, it was love. 
Maybe appreciation.
Another journey, another dry spell. 
Will it ever be home again ? 

P.S. : Penned at Candies, Bandra on 11th January 2017 


The eyes searched someone. The one she could run to at times of need. In someone’s lap, she would pour out all her troubles.
Nobody came.  She grew up, rimmed her eyes with kohl. But they could never hide her tears.
No one came when her soul was ripped apart. No one heard her cries. No one mourned her loss.
After  a while, she thought that tears were a part of the eyes.