Dry like a
parched shrub
succumbing to
its own weight
I feel crushed
under the mass
of dessicated hopes
and shriveled expectations
pounding, grinding
and triturating within
I sometimes also watch
the flakes of my skin
the flesh and the bones
turn into pulverized
remains of
a cremated corpse

the palliative touch
of my hands
have lost their potence
the coerce palms
don’t soothe anymore
once they used to allay
the most gruelling strains
now they pierce
deep through my pores
like bad memories
like lonely nights
like unsated desires
like your lingering touch

the eyes fake
of rosy nights
the traces of
inveterate insomnia
as the mind
gets afflicted
by malignant thoughts
of doomed past
feigning to be
a venomous vitalic
to endure pain
of caustic breaths
the achromic sights
blind my vision
like cimmerian cloak
leaving me just with
your apparitions

~ Chhaya


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    1. Thanks so much, Charlie! You’re too kind to say so. I am glad you found beauty in this craft. I believe that a thing that comes right from the heart is always pure and flawless, and so is your poetry too. πŸ€—

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  1. Cimmerian is such a beautiful word. What type of books you read, if that’s not a secret?

    This poem has such beautiful lyrical quality to it. Loved reading it. The image is so poignant. Thanks Chhaya. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Anand! Your comments are a delight to have. Yes, cimmerian sounds like a bright, beautiful and elegant something, contrary to its meaning, which is dark. It’s beautiful indeed though. I am glad you did notice the little nuances in this poem. It’s really heartening. πŸ€—

      Well, these days I only read books, commentaries and papers related to my field of work, to tell you frankly. However, I like reading all kinds of books, except for suspense, thrillers, horrors or similer genres. I in fact love reading short stories a lot. Biographies too. But just haven’t been able to read much lately. Not a secret
      at all. 😁

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      1. Yes but the way you put elements of mystery and suspense into some of your works made me think you read books from that genre. Thank you so much for your detailed comment. To cimmerian tales and poems πŸ™‚ Have a great day ahead!

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    1. Kavya, I am so humbled by the kind generosity with which you have appreciated this poem. It’s great to know that you could feel this poem so intensely. Thanks so very much dear!😊

      I am truly impressed by your artistic talents. You write so beautifully and your sketches are such amazing pieces of art. How do you do so much? You’re truly blessed and I am so glad to have found you here. πŸ€—

      Much love!


    1. Not at all, Tapasi. You are a fantastic writer with an original style which I find really amazing. Please continue with it, you’re doing great my dear. πŸ€—

      Much love!


    1. Honoured and humbled by your kind words of appreciation, dearest D! The fact that you loved it means so much to me, and I am sure you know it by now. πŸ€—

      Much love!


    1. That’s so very kind of you to say so my dear friend. Thanks very much indeed for paying a read and for sharing your thoughts on this poem. I am glad you enjoyed this. πŸ€—

      You’re a brilliant writer and I am so happy to connect with you. I very much look forward to reading more of your work. 😊


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