Saturday 15 September 2018

Poetry 2018 Longlist, Vandana Parashar


In the middle of the night,
I heard a commotion.
In my state of delirium,
I tried to decipher it.
Was it my mind playing games, 
Or my heart fluttering, trying to escape my chest?
And then, there was an earsplitting sound of something shattering…
God! I was scared to death!
Fear and tears in my eyes,
Hands shaking uncontrollably,
I tried desperately to summon all my strength…
But it had abandoned me, leaving me weak and vulnerable.
What was happening??
I had no clue.
Was there an intruder in my happy abode?
And what was knocked off?
It must be something fragile and precious.
I must not have been careful enough and put it in wrong the place.
I went ahead and what met me, made me gasp for breath.
Shattered into million pieces,
There it was-
My trust.

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