There is something between each mote of dust,
suspended in the light of the bulb that I switch
on: elementally flawed, fundamentally twisted,
fanatically fucked, and so,
I walked out to no serenade of songbirds,
and walked to the old coffee shop, later a café,
and now an outdoor restaurant, and saw
her, smoking that slender cigarette, exhaling
a slight stream with elegance, the antithesis of
my incessant puffing, she glanced at me once,
the wanderlust in her eyes spelling more than
the book I was reading, but words on a page
reverse decisions, and bring a hundred
recollections – the nonchalant me
drawn like the south attracted to the
north pole of a magnet, the grit repelled
by a potential passion on Red Bull romance,
the cobweb of musing considering a
potential rejection, but words
lie within flimsy paperbacks these days,
and uncertainty is sometimes hope, and so I let
the metaphors stay suspended in the darkness
without the glow of a bookmark, and walked
up to her.

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2019)

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Mia Pharaoh says:

    Dear Nitin, Rush has an magical flow to it, with beautiful metaphors and images tumbling over each other in an open arm free fall. My favorite phrase, which by the way stopped me in my tracks, “uncertainty is sometimes hope”. I spent a fair amount of time contemplating how very true this is. Thank you for sharing an inspirational and dreamy piece. ~ Mia

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    1. Nitin says:

      Dear Mia, Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I like the phrase in an open arm free fall. This particular piece was written during a good bout of creativity and its inspired by a real life story. I was in Rajasthan, reading in a cafe when this really attractive girl with a tattoo on her upper back kept looking at me, possibly trying to strike up a conversation. But I was too shy and so here she is immortalised in verse. And yes, uncertainty is hope. As discomforting as it can be, a pessimistic ‘what if’ can turn into a beautiful thing. Thank you again.

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      1. Mia Pharaoh says:

        Dear Nitin, you’re very welcome. What a lovely tribute to the girl with the upper back tattoo, I can’t think of a better way to be immortalized. Beautiful sentiment.


    1. Nitin says:

      Thank you so much Vanessa

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      1. (Ive been having some trouble still, on WP with liking things etc, I think it depends on my privacy settings but it’s been inconsistent, so who knows?)

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