Bringing her smile back (Short story)

She lay in bed, her head resting on his soft, yet sturdy arm. Her eyes remained tightly closed, the only sign of her being awake being the warm tears that trickled on his arm.

‘What happened?’, he kept asking repeatedly, only to be replied in silence.

‘Have I done something?’ his tone getting more desperate with each repetition of the question.

She merely moved her head to the side, to answer in the negative.

He had not done anything, nor said anything that had caused her pain. It was her own past that haunted her, her own sense of worthlessness that had been rekindled by something he had mentioned casually in a conversation.

It wasn’t him, but her own memories. What could she tell him? How could she explain? Even if she tried, would he understand the whirligig of emotions that brewed in her head, her own ugly past? She preferred to remain silent instead, facing her destiny alone.

His restlessness kept rising with every subsequent tear that fell on his arm, and he assumed the role of a clown from an interrogator. All his attempts to make her smile or forget her pain were in vain again.

Nothing seemed to work.

Tired and defeated, he caressed her hair. In what sounded like a whisper, he said ‘My dear, I don’t know what has happened, you won’t tell me. But I want you to think about this – do you think we have adequate amount of time in this life to waste on staying silent? In what seems like a short and clearly-not-enough lifetime to be together, there is already so much to say, do and experience with one another. Can we really afford this waste of time in remaining silent?’

As his words seeped into her understanding, her eyes, red by now, finally opened. She looked into his eyes, that were just beginning to form their first pair of tears.

‘You are right’, she said, as her head gradually occupied the cavity of his chest.

Nothing but his simplicity had been successful in moving her from her womanly obstinacy.

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The Black magic of love

Tell me how you do that,

These wonderful ripples you create.

Is it just your physical body,

Or a deeper, invisible part of you?

Your mere presence stirs sensations,

That I barely knew before.

Do feelings have colours too?

Then why do I see a rainbow each time my brain processes a thought of you?

With even the slightest touch of you,

Waves of sinful pleasure rise in my spine.

And like shooting stars,

Dart to corners I barely knew existed in my body.

Let me guess what gives you that power over me- you gentle sorcerer I adore!

Is it the rustiness of you hair that tickles me everywhere?

No, it’s something else.

Is it the perfume of your exhalation, the most intoxicating fragrance that ever teased my nostrils?

No, there’s more.

Is it the black magic you cast with your deep brown eyes, rendering me incapable of movement?

No, this doesn’t explain too.

Or is it the bittersweet journey of your long nails all over me? How could pain ever be so delicious?

But I think I know now.. I have my answer.

It’s all of these things and yet none of these.

The answer lies not in the magic but in the magician.

It’s you, in all your colours.

It’s you, the whole of you- my delicious sorcerer!

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Collaborative effort and selflessness

The idea of one’s own smallness is rather alien to human understanding. However, this smallness may make logical sense when understood relative to a much larger scheme of things, that lie way past us, holding us together and yet, way too distant from us.

It is probably a deliberate and happier choice for us to realise that it’s the ‘process’ that matters, and not the identity and individual achievements of the persons who perform them.

It is not to say that individual contributions don’t matter, but merely to indicate what is more important. This is not to kill or stifle motivation, but rather enhance it way beyond ourselves, for outcomes that reach way past us. Simply, detached and selfless performance.

It is not to have no goal in mind, but a deep understanding of the vastness of the goal that extends beyond our individual and even collective selves. Are we not mere instruments in the process? Pieces of jigsaw that must contribute to the creation of a magnificent picture that ensnares the beholder?

With that vision in mind, would there remain any room to claim ‘I did this, while you did only that!’ in collaborative effort of any kind?

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You – my reason

I still remember my first feeling,

Of your first day in my life.

You felt like a fresh, fragrant breeze

On a blistered skin, freshly-charred.

You were the reason I started to hope,

And for the first time more than just breathed.

Even the silliest of tasks,

Felt like intellectual pursuits in your company.

You were the reason I started smiling,

Something my facial muscles were barely trained for.

After all, your compliments gave me more energy,

Than anything I ate during the day.

However, time not only heals, it reveals too.

Things changed and so did you.

Or may be you didn’t – you were always like this.

It was my rose-tinted glasses that came in the way.

Baby, you still remain my reason,

As you did from the start.

But this time for stripping me of my self-worth,

And questioning the very fabric of humanity.

You are now the reason I’m scared to trust anymore,

The reason why even my tears have dried up.

You my love, are the reason why an innocent, young girl has turned into an eagle-eyed, bitter woman.

Nonetheless, you are precious. You still give me reasons – a new one each day.

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The new year – my new hope

It’s another year they say,

But to me sounds no fun.

Though our little blue planet,

Has finished another round of the sun.

She starts again this night,

On a voyage fresh and new.

If she is ready to roll again,

I think I’m ready too.

This year I’ll shed my old skin,

And come out fresh and young.

Love myself a little more,

And treat life as just begun.

This year I won’t deny my feelings,

And from my truth no more refrain.

Next year as the earth is near the finish line,

I shall make this wish again.

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A new beginning, a new life

Tell the world now.

Let your truth be finally out.

Whisper it in their ears,

By your window, stand and shout.

Tell them they were wrong all along,

About what they thought of you.

If they laugh and call you crazy,

Smile and tell them that it’s true.

You’ve been the good one all along,

The one that never broke a rule.

The one who never questioned,

The best scorer at school.

And now when you’ve outlived the rules,

And the chains seem too tight.

You are trapped and want freedom,

But you’ve long ago lost the right.

But make a wise choice,

Decide who you really are.

Living another man’s life,

Can it ever take you far?

Get off the wrong train,

Get off as soon as you know that it’s wrong.

Don’t be afraid of waiting alone,

You will find many others along.

Till then keep walking,

Never mind those who mock and scoff.

But one day they shall understand,

When their own masks have fallen off.

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You, I and the rain

Let’s lie in the rain together,

On the wet green grass that has just quenched its thirst.

Just you and me,

And our nakedness,

Rubbing against each other.

We lie inter-twined,

Not knowing whose body the water falls on.

Thirsty souls that we are, burning from within,

Our souls search water, its coolness to ease the fire that blazes within.

We keep steady under the drizzle,

Till it takes the form of thunderous, prickly water droplets.

Are the waters testing our mettle?

Our ability to survive its harsh coolness?

We tremble and shiver in each other’s arms,

One body warming the other.

The rain tries harder,

The clouds are now spent.

As they disperse in fatigue, saving face.

We are still wet, in each other’s embrace.

Still shivering, but still thirsty for more.

The waters have only fuelled the heat within.

We crave more – shall we try the snow this time?

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The fool’s lonely journey to paradise

I’ve started on a journey,

On a road unknown.

A road that winds and curls,

And twists in the most unexpected places.

I’ve started nonetheless,

And sometimes I wonder why I did at all.

But it’s too late now,

There’s no scope to turn around.

Not because I can’t,

Or I don’t remember the way back.

But because I’ve tasted the adrenaline that comes with this uncharted march.

It’s an addictive freedom, that tastes sweeter with each step.

I feel like a bloodhound that has tasted human blood for the first time.

Something about it’s dietary preferences has changed permanently.

There’s no return possible now.

So I continue to walk,

Till my heels give way.

But physical pain has ceased to matter.

I hear voices of passers-by,

‘she’s crazy’ they whisper as they stare.

I smile and keep moving.

How blissful this craziness is,

Neither can I explain nor can they ever understand.

It’s like being in a fool’s paradise,

Even when the creator is a fool, the creation is paradise.

I keep walking, heels bleeding.

I don’t know where I’m headed – all I know is that I want to keep going.

Probably I don’t have any destination.

Now I think I never had one.

in fact I think no one ever has a destination.

It’s just the journey that matters.

The fool’s lonely journey to paradise.

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Hurting you of all the world!

Both are in pain, both are hurt.

You are hurt with my words,

And you know what causes me my pain – my own words.

How I wish I could go back in time, and reverse what I said.

How I wish I could swallow my words, and gulp them down my throat, smiling as if nothing happened.

But now the lingering guilt makes me crave for the earth to open up its womb, and swallow me alive.

I’m not sure if I deserve even that, the miserable wretch that I am.

Causing pain, and to you? What have I done?

It’s guilt of another dimension, barely explicable.

It can only be felt.

And being in these tight-fitting shoes, I hope no one ever has to feel this way.

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Is it real this time?

I see promise in your eyes.

And with it, the vision of a better tomorrow.

I sense care in your touch,

Which kindles in me the hope of a gentle caress.

I feel compassion in your words,

Which renders belief in the sanity of own emotions.

I see awe in your expressions,

Which feels like a reaffirmation of my own beauty.

Are these promises real?

Are the pictures you show me, true?

What if they were not?

Where would I go this time?

I have no more tolerance to pain.

This time, I really, will crumble.

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