My Brown Shades

They ask me why I never remove my brown shades. They wonder if am hiding my dark circles from late night parties. Or covering my teary eyes from a crushed heart. They ask me why I hide behind my brown shades. They ask me if I am scared to make eye contact. Or if I…

A Head Of Red

To the girl with red hair, I saw you today zipping away in your silver sedan. It isn’t every day that I notice girls passing me on the freeway. But today was different, you were different. My eyes were fixed on you as you rolled down your window and popped your head out. I saw…

I’m Tripping

My eyes have a glaze of a hundred tearsAnd yet they feel at restMy ears are buzzing with a thousand soundsAnd yet they hear nothingMy head is pounding with a million thoughtsAnd yet it feels blank What is this trip that I’ve refused for a gazillion timesAnd yet it brings me back begging for it?

All The World’s A Stage

They called her the queen of tragedy. Just a slight quiver of her lips and the audience would burst into tears. She ruled every heart in the city. Except the one she wanted to win. Like always, she peeped from behind the curtain. There he sat in the front row, looking as striking as ever….

What Is Hope?

What is hope?For some it is the reassurance in their partner’s eyesFor others it is the smile on their child’s face For some it is the ringing of bells at morning prayerFor others it is the meal they share after a day of fasting For some it is their ever changing calendarFor others it is…

The Evil Eye

There was faith in her heart when she wrapped up the box. There was still some hope left in her as she sent away the parcel. It didn’t matter whether or not they shared her belief. She never questioned the fable. Why would she? It wasn’t like she had to test its power. God had…

A Calm Gaze

As far as my gaze takes meThere is an expanse of calmness The warmth of the setting sunThe ripples in pristine waterThe chirping sounds of happy birdsThe shade of lush green trees As far as my gaze takes meThere is an expanse of calmnessAnd yet, I feel a storm approaching Darkness is about to set…

More Than Friends

To the ones who are not lovers, I saw you wearing his sweatshirt in cafeteria last month. I saw him holding your bags after a shopping spree this week. I saw him ordering your complex drink exactly how you like it. I saw you buy toiletries for him, right from classic perfumes to his anti…

The Fall Breeze

Cocooned in layers of winter clothes, I step outside to take in the scent of fall. Leaves falling from trees welcome me into a street that will soon be covered in layers of snow. But today there is a rosiness around. The aroma of cinnamon and ginger has filled the air. Squirrels are running about…

The Blues Of Her Locks

To the girl with blue hair, I always envied you from across the street, the house right opposite to yours. See, you don’t even remember me. We went to the same high school and you never graced me with a single glance. Why would you? You were the popular girl with blue hair and I…

Half Happy

Flashing my off-white smile to the world I wonder if they can see past it. The big grin they see plastered on my face does no justice to the teeth I am secretly clenching. The rosiness they see at the edge of my smile is mistaken for a shy blush. My anger has its redness…

The Burns Of Campfire

Camping in the woods last night I saw the beauty of fire. The rising flames were a contrast to the cool evening breeze. I made s’mores over the campfire as I downed rum and cola. My head was light and the world looked like a nice place. Morning brought with it a different realization. I…