His blog posts became infrequent. The latest draft wasn’t touched up for a month. Storey after storey, the high-rise completely covered the orphanage and the adjacent park from his view.
The builders successfully created a permanent writers’ block for the paralysed poet.
I found you in the middle of chaos,
Hidden behind a sparkling veil of gloom,
You stirred my tinted glass soul,
An enigma I’d never before known.
Your gaze, a melodious requiem,
Coldly cryptic, unlike a Sunday hymn.
I thwarted my butterfly coloured senses,
And sped towards your cindery heart,
Knew all too well that I would lie,
Beneath the worm eaten earth, when you part.
You beckoned me like an evil temptation,
I was too dazed to halt,
Suspended my noisy rationale,
I was morbidly enthralled.
Time stopped in our darkened orb,
Our roses paler than bloodied thorns,
I gave in and called it love,
Adorned with desire your world forlorn-
Or so I felt.
Because the cold, dark night of our certitude,
Lay in the open all along,
Mocking at illusions of delight-
To you, I never belonged.
You gouged out my spirit and,
Drops of life leaked away…
But delusions never fail me.
So I pledge to find another way-
She was selected as the bride after her in-laws were convinced of her knee length hair, culinary skills, housekeeping and middle school education.
Today, they scolded her for not earning enough after her husband lost his job.
Although you’re one of the precious few,
I’ve run out of things to tell you.
His art teacher handed him the corrected homework. There was a big red question mark and a comment at the end which read, “Please learn colours correctly.”
A five-year old confused Arun couldn’t understand what was wrong with the blue and purple trees, a brown sky and greyish flowers growing in blue bushes.
Not even when he examined the tiny strip of film negative for the third time- after all, it had been the source of his inspiration.
Black tears rolled down her pale cheeks.
Bloodied water from her lips.
Exhausted, she was washing her makeup after a day long performance.