Traces of You

I look for the traces of you
as I cautiously do away
the layer of dust
from the books
which you last read
hoping that
may be, just may be
I would find some imprints
of your fingers
left behind on those pages
which you touched and flipped
gently, slowly and with great care

For finding just that one imprint
would turn my skin from pale to pink again
ending an entire story of despair and longing
which my untouched body has for long been narrating.

– Chhaya

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