POSTED BY Mallika Bhaumik

Twilight merges into night
the city is draped in neon lights
I see the world running at a frenzied pace
a hungry cheetah's fierce chase
tearing life's marrow and flesh.

I too run in this mad race
piling things, acquiring coveted assets,
letting those define me.
A farrago of feelings trail behind
Sinking in the pool of callousness
I speed along...I care less.

Time too is on a run
rapidly eroding my banks
Lost are those dewy days
my tired limbs almost give away
A gaping wound stares
the lonely heart lies bare
Leaving behind my colossal junkyard
I come out to breathe the cool night air.

Through the concrete jungle, I walk
The land sharks have grabbed their bit.
there aren't many patches of green 
I walk through the network
of streets. Slithering snakes.

I reach the ghat ( river bank) 
Down the stairs, I go 
the muddy water flows
softly lapping on my feet
Ahhh ! calm and soothing feel
I see the distant horizon blush
The moments and years 
condense to form tears
cleansing my soul,
I let my feelings flow.


This poem is nominated for the Best Poem Of The Year Award 2017.

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