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The house is in need of paint, father Plaster peels off the walls The verandah stares vacant and blank No life within it’s halls. It’s just a house I said to myself As I passed down the road Just a house abandoned and dark That once housed our souls. How can it be ‘just a…

Z: Zephyr #NaPoWriMo

When I die scatter my ashes Somewhere like this. Where the morning creeps in On the wings of a whistling Thrush. Where night jars Ballet with the call of the frog Where the mist lifts Long after the day has dawned. Where blue hills stretch away Eternally. There let me be Blown in the wind….

Y: Yielding #NaPoWriMo

That stone you trip over on your way out Is just the tip of something buried under Our marriage eight thousand odd days old. I know each arc of your words You know how I bare my soul. That stone will not be dug in our lifetime It’s where our eight thousand odd habits lie…

Nonchalant #NaPoWriMo

I have lain those dogs to rest, The ones snapping at my heels Begging me to train them I have set them free. I have slain those demons That were looping into chains Banished them from my life Their cries echoing in vain I ask for no accolades Those dreams have been interred No hungers…

X: Xed #NaPoWriMo

  We were star crossed Marked with an x Each where we were Light years apart…   How I wish I had quashed The tremor I marked x That would be that And I would keep my heart.

W: wanting #NaPoWriMo

I want to lie down and catch drops of snow in my mouth and not worry about the cold   I want to lose myself in the branches Hiding from voices calling me home and not worry about dinner to be made   I want to howl back at the moon and leap at the…

V: Vibrant #NaPoWriMo

Where are the flavours of summer? Surely lost in the tart stickiness of the mango Or the cloying sweetness of jackfruit Buzzing around the house like fruit flies. The crickets chirping in the trees Music coming as from a lifetime away As gulmohor blooms scatter restlessly Unanchored in the evening breeze. Who is it who…

U: unearthed #NaPoWriMo

When my soul needs healing I come to you Cutting through flesh and tissue With an expert scalpel Setting the maggots free Tearing the skin Unearthing (in)human remains A bit of nail, some blood Some sinew. And when it’s done I draw the curtain Veil the wounds with the usual warts And hide In full…

T: Time #NaPoWriMo

You swim in circles in my head Under a sweltering sun Scattering rippled sunlight In a lake without a name While I watch from the shade Of atree that is no more Raising a toast to the sky To a time from long ago.

S: Silence #NaPoWriMo

  How can I be silent, How can silence fill my howl The tears I do not cry The grief I wear like a cowl   That I borrowed from you As you lay dying The words I left unsaid My truths Exposed and cloying   Patterns upon the bed Where I watched over you…

One day #NaPoWriMo

  one day we will watch as the corpses rise and bare their teeth on our thighs and weep and cry, oh why, why, then did you kill the gulls as they flew to their homes fish in mouth certain that the waves would break upon their skulls you did not wait you took their…

R: Restless #NaPoWriMo

In the moonlit path we walked together ‘There are wild foxes here,” you said, I took a step closer Wondering if we would see them unless They saw us first and swallowed us whole. My hair caught in branches that swept low, pulling At our clothes. “It’s eerie,” you smiled, disentangling the strands, “but beautiful,” I…