Time To Reflect

It was a Saturday evening, much like any other weekend. The music was loud, booze was high and my heels ached. I secluded into a corner with a drink in my hand and no thoughts on my mind. Out of nowhere he patted on my shoulder and asked, “Is this the hour of self reflection…

My Escape

There is a ladder visible just to me, standing tall in a sea of my thoughts. It leads up and up into the sky where lies my escape. An escape from the silent shrieks of the inner me that have drowned behind my façade of smiles. An escape from the noise that falls on my…

In Hiding

Clouds darkened, thunder struck and rain poured, it was a night I will remember all my life. I was a young child kissing my mom’s wounds as usual, never asking how she always hurt herself. It didn’t matter or so I wanted to believe. I heard him knocking angrily and instead of opening, my mom…

Letters Of Love

It has been so long since we met. 2 years 5 months and 6 days. I miss how you hugged me tight from behind every time I came to meet you. I miss your warm skin against mine. I miss your voice dissolving in my ears and your scent in my breath. But I don’t…

A Widow’s Eyes

Just yesterday I was wrapped in white silk and today I am encased in black. It is not just the color of my cloak that has changed, my eyes have changed too. Where lay dreams of a life in love, today resides a fire to burn. With flowers in my hands and tears in my…

Maple Leaves

It was the fall of 1998 when days were getting shorter and nights were an endless ocean. I was still a young girl spending my days basking in the sun. My innocent self collected maple leaves and chanted virtues of tolerance, unity and peace. Those were the days of blissful unawareness, until one day I…

Prisoner Of My Skin

I am scared to look at my naked skin in the mirror. I am reminded how they clawed on my pure skin with their blood stained hands. My reflection evokes memories of being dragged out of my home and kept as a prisoner. I was not a prisoner of war but the war had me…

The Girl In The Box

I don’t know how long it has been since uncle packed me in a box. He said we were going to a better place where I will have food to eat. But I don’t understand why mom was crying, doesn’t she want me to eat good food and have new toys? It is so dark…

The Anticipated Touch

I went to meet him, talk it all out and get it over with but things took a different turn. He is making me recline on a chair and fixes me a long hard gaze; I am melting under his eyes. He starts fiddling with my nose, as it wobbles just like a rabbit’s! He…

Diary Of A Young Girl

You know I pour my heart to you, my bff- my diary. You know me in and out; you have been by my side when I needed someone to hear me out. When I cried myself to sleep, you were there to snuggle with me. You know all my funny stories, the embarrassing moments and…

Lost Answers

…we lived in two different corners of the country. But love had found us and as we said the vows in front of the priest, I dreamed of long lasting companionship with you. It pained me when you moved back to your corner while I made way to mine. Distance killed me, but I knew…

Silence, Splash, Silence

“There aren’t any signs of struggle, he had your consent. You have no case lady” and with a thud the judge dismissed her plea for justice. Sitting by the lake she ponders over the events of the past few months and curses herself. From trusting that guy with her drink to not gathering enough courage…