I know not your name,
Nor you face,
Whether you would judge me,
May be you would, may be not,
But it doesn't matter.
I find it easier to write to you,
To write a letter without an address,
It is freeing to unburden to a stranger,
No ties to bind, no strings attached.
You need not give me your opinion,
No need to follow up with another letter,
Just listen, read through this letter and forget.
Let me tell you a story,
There was once a girl,
I won't say where or who,
Let she have her anonymity,
She was a girl with an open heart.
With every word she spoke,
She infused a bit of her soul,
She believed that's how everyone spoke,
Poor naive girl.
It took her decades,
And a lot of tearing experiences,
To see the truth.
Words had a soul,
They held weight and life,
But only to her.
For others, they were just husks,
A mere jumble of letters.
"I love you" meant nothing,
"I miss you" meant nothing,
"Take care, dear", was equally empty,
But she didn't know at first.
When she understood finally,
She had been badly hurt,
Bleeding ink and scarred with pen-pricks.
She built a fort around her heart,
Holding off meaningless words,
Lifeless endearments burnt at stake,
Disloyal promises beheaded at sight,
She did all she could to save her cracked heart.
She became isolated,
People were scared to get closer,
But that was fine,
Hurt and pain too remained far.
She became a princess,
Alone in a fort of her own.
She doesn't wait for her knight,
She doesn't want rescuing,
For she is safe within her own walls,
Where only truth is let in,
Where lies can't wreck havoc.
She still loves words,
She still holds them close to her heart,
She still writes her soul in them,
Just that she doesn't expect others to do so.
If you ever meet a girl like her,
Know that she's precious, treat her well.
I tell you again,
You need not reply,
You are free to form opinions,
You can choose to read this as a fairy tale,
Or as a life story.
I just write to you,
To unburden myself,
Not in hope for a reply,
I write just because I feel like.
It's been wonderful writing to you,
I send you my warmest wishes,
Farewell, dear Stranger.