Every So Often

My mind drifts,

Selectively spurting memories

So that I deliberately miss you on days like these,

When I’m alone or in a crowd,

Or held by somebody else,

Willfully evading the warmth of anybody new,

And I do my best to subdue those thoughts…


But sometimes in the quiet,

I indulge,

In the way you kissed,

In the way you held me close,

In the way you loved,

Every so often I wish it were still you!!!



Petal by Petal

I strip,

Bit by bit,

Shedding my inhibitions,

To the kind of naked that hurts,

To the kind of naked I’d rather not be…


Since it’s you,

I want you to see,

Every vulnerable inch of me,

So I bare my mind and soul,

Bit by bit,

Petal by petal,

Hoping that the fragrance of my love lingers on!!



Trees appeared indiscernible,

Individual leaves indistinguishable,

Faces incongruent and obscure,

I look away,

Landscape unclear,

I did not want to stop,

Make small talk nor smile,

Silence sealed my lips,

Until I reached work,

Subdued and avoiding others gazes,

I spent my day,

For the first time in long,

Crouched low and praying to be left alone,

Everyone complimented me,

For the way I appeared today,

Different” they said,

My life felt out of focus,

All cause of one mistake,

All would be well….



Had I not left my glasses at home!!



Right on Track


It was every weekday morning,

On the bustling train platform,

That he walked past me,

Urgency in his stride


For me it had become a ritual,

To seek him out in the crowd,

Although he never glanced at me once,

I took him to be my charm,


Unbeknownst to him,

I always sought his face,

For I knew that as long as I saw him,

My day would be made!!



There she was,

I’d see her every weekday morning,

Furtively scanning the crowd,

Until her face lit


Like she had found what she was seeking,

I  never looked directly,

But whenever she walked past me,

Oh!! How I longed to brush my fingers against hers…


Just so her happiness rubbed off on me,

Instead I’d avoid her eyes,

And walk swiftly on,

Wondering what was her sudden source of joy!!


For Me

And when the clouds broke down,

I’d like to believe that it was for me,

On the deserted shore,

Battling my inner storm!!


And the rain,

Mingled with my tears,

As if to wash my eyes,

A cleanse for a new start!!


And abruptly the sun shone on me,

A beacon of hope,

While the fluffs of grey,

Their work done…drifted on!!



The whistle pierced my reverie,

Screeching tires rendered me fully awake,

I was at crossroads,

With a daunting decision to make!


Here to take a detour,

From my mundane routine,

There was no going back to my old life now,

I hopped off , stifling fear from within!!


Regrets vanished at an instance,

Glad that I took a chance,

Spellbound by its beauty,

Mussoorie enticed me at a glance!!


A tiny cottage awaited me,

The writer in me raring to go,

It was time for an alternate start,

I had new imaginations to explore!!


There’s always a choice,

Taken only by a few,

Since we each author our journey,

Ensure that your life is a bestseller too!!