Pretence

If I place in front of you
all the broken pieces of me
like an inexplicable puzzle
would you even try
to put my fragments together ?

a yes would be an easy answer
for it would bring relief​
even in disbelief
but you can choose
to say no without a flinch
or just nothing at all
to escape the guilt
and I would still comprehend
the response through your silence
a skill which I discreetly learned
being in the company of those
who displayed an act of
perfect pretence
by creating an awkward calm
when my simple questions
would be received as
complex inquisitions
choking their throats
and clogging their mouths
for honest answers
demanded courage
which their virtuous selves
did barely possess

so you can tell me the truth
without feeling throttled
as a no wouldn’t mean
I would give up on you
for I can still put my pieces together
and still mend my broken self
the trick was only to see
if you would want to bear my pain
for to live with false assurances
can be very elevating at times
but I would always prefer the ground
than gliding on illusory skies.

-Chhaya

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    1. Hey Mark…thanks so much for your generous words of compliment ! So glad to know that you enjoy my writings. You are a fantastic writer and I admire your work as much. Posted today after quite a gap, have very busy with work past some days. Haven’t been able to follow much of the posts as well. Hope you’ve been well Mark ! Take care !

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    1. Heyyy Ameena ! Feels great to hear from you after long. I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed the poem. Thanks so much for your kind words of compliment ! I have been very irregular with my posts lately, essentially because of work deadlines and hence have not even been able to follow others’ posts. I missed reading your poems all this while but would try to make time to read them now. Hope you have been well, Ameena ! Take care. 😊

      Much love and hugs !
      Chhaya
      πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

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      1. Same here…occupied…but I guess u can never get rid of those inner inspirations…writing is to be free of everything…it was great seeing ur post after that gap…carry on…β˜Ίβ˜ΊπŸ‘

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    1. Thank you so much Isaiah for taking out time to read my poem and for your lovely comment ! I am glad you enjoyed it ! 😊

      You are an amazing writer and I would certainly love to collaborate with you. I look forward to reading more from you. Keep writing and happy blogging ! 😁

      Cheers !
      Chhaya

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    1. I am truly humbled by your generous words of appreciation Abhishek. This means a lot to me and I am thrilled to know that you enjoyed my poems. 😁

      You are a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more from you.

      My very best to you for everything !

      Cheers !!
      Chhaya

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  1. clogging their mouths
    for honest answers
    demanded courage
    which their virtuous selves
    did barely possess

    Again, sheer brilliance. You have such a wonderful way of building to moments that blow us away then make us fall so you can do it again. I’m so lovin’ this!

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  2. Me again……. I’m not a writer, a blogger yes, but not a writer. I paint and cook, but there have been times when words beautifully woven sit before me like a ‘well oiled dish’. You serve that dish again and again. I have to come back for more.
    Faith

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    1. Faith, you are such a nice, generous and kind soul to be saying all of this. I feel so glad to have this chance of connecting with you. You have got an extremely insightful and informative blog and I am certainly going to look forward to reading more from you.

      Please do visit again.😊

      My very best to you for everything my dear friend !

      Love and peace to you !!
      Chhaya
      πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

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