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  • tingesofhysteria 5w

    You taught me that memories are the greatest legacy to leave behind -- they are either the reason you smile at midnight before drifting to sleep or reason you wail at 2 a.m. .

  • tingesofhysteria 14w

    // when you love //

    When you love , you don't just love their picture-perfect smile and their eyes attired in jubilation that you get at seeing the shores after years of floating aimlessly , you also love their flaws. Their flaws become the new universal definition of flawless .
    When you love ,you love the way the sky loves its blues . You love the way the raindrops love the parched ground . You love the way autumn loves the fallen fugitive leaves . You love the way a maiden loves her transient youth. You love the way midnights love overthinking. You love the way your teardrops love the curve of your cheeks . You love the way an eye loves an image. You become a songwriter. You become a poet. You become a painter. All in love.

    Love can't be concealed. . It's visible in the quest of this one person burning in your eyes as you enter the hallway . In the dismay on not finding them. Love is visible in the red of your cheeks , not the cliched red of roses ,but the red on ripening lychees in your backyard . It's visible in the clothes you chose to wear just for them . In your sudden fetish for romantic stories on Instagram and those that you put just for them to see .

    Love can be concealed? Try talking to them without fearing this is the last time the two of you get to talk . Try not to talk them -- you will be drowning in a pit of grief .

    Love is audible . It can be heard in your freshly-softened voice while talking to them , in your newly-brewed politeness reserved only for them. In the nervousness in your voice. In your accelerating heartbeat while inching closer to them . In the way you call their name .

    Love can be smelled in the aroma of the cake you specifically baked for them , and in the secretive perfume you spray on you just for them.

    Love is audible and visible and can be smelled ,
    and you try to repress it ?

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  • tingesofhysteria 15w

    // you'll find me missing something//

    I pray that you go out and about your life
    I pray that you live out the narrative you're born to savour
    I pray that you drink and smoke and party hard
    I pray that you wear that black shirt 'cause it really suits you
    I pray that you'll be soft but coarse -- the way I like you
    I pray that you eat your favourite dish every now and then
    I pray that you dress in your smile as enchanting as a spell
    But I just want you to know that even centuries from now on you'll find me here
    by the door
    huddled up in a blanket of your perfume
    between poems and songs
    between the words of the books we bought together
    beyond the eclipses of the stars
    hanging from " I still love you" like a precarious leaf
    living a hermit's life
    still deciding whether you were the villain or hero to my story

    And one day may you come back burning like a wild fantasy to find me missing

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  • tingesofhysteria 15w

    // corpses of my heroes//

    my heroes are fading like the fog on my window after the sun rose .
    happiness blurs like an image seen through a Cascade .
    and at 2 a.m. I'm up. ruminating on how as a child I was a sucker for happy endings and fairy tales .
    happy endings are dead now like my hope for the India I dreamed of .
    fairy tales are lost like the cap of the pen I bought this morning.
    and just like the cap, we're destined to get lost in the ruins of our archived past .
    coz we're banjaras
    navigating the metaphors of ruptured reigns
    and midnights are our home .

    now I'm composing eulogies for my deceased heroes in my mother's old frayed silk sari for this vacant walls to hear .
    I'm not like my mother .
    she hates thunder and lightning.
    I'm smitten with it.
    there's a 10s-dailysoap feel to the rumble of thunder.
    ( when there's a thunderclap and the heroine clings to the hero's chest )
    Coz I know what it's like to burn and what's it like after burning .
    see, this is the thing about burning --
    burning brighter than the faults in your stars is easy but ailing as ashes is so not . coz you can't possibly know where your ashes will be blown to.
    and sometimes even rain can't curb a fire

    echoes from that hallway and playground where I was scoffed at are like hailstones.
    only difference is, hailstones melt and dry off .
    these echoes are immune to melting .

    Lucifer. I see Lucifer but they say it's all imagination .
    but you can't possibly expect someone who was born in the domain of the devil to believe the devil isn't real .
    I was raised by a choir of madness , actually.

    there's a fetish for lonely lullabies.
    an itch for broken promises .
    there's an ajar jar of promises yet to keep .
    it breaks.
    tiny drops of promises gleam on the floor like celestial bodies in a broken,brazen pride .

    on the linen tablecloth carved into are things I'll never be .
    a poet. a singer . a lover . a friend. a sibling .a son .
    but I'll always be the master of this desolate isolation emanating from everyone I talk to .
    and the owner of the corpses of my heroes.

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  • tingesofhysteria 19w

    // soliloquy of a pluviophile //

    Last week I picked up some pamphlets that smelled like scrunched promises off the sidewalk and handed them over to the witch on the corner .
    she said I was really sweet.
    sweet .me. no
    I'm an hourglass frozen in lonely dawns.
    brimming with bitterness.
    bitterness as in the rain.
    yes, rain is bitter.
    afterall rain is but a lover rebuffed by the cursed heavens .
    this bitterness lingers as petrichor in the mud stuck on my shoes.
    this petrichor is primordial like your aggrieved heart .
    mud that smells fresh like memories
    memories that strew your ambience like shadows of the drops of rain on the pavement.
    rain whose serenity is symphonic.
    a symphony that's unheard like the choir of your cries.

    Silence is so perfect like daydreams.
    and this melody of thunder has no malady .
    rainy wind thrashing the windows is so silent .
    more silent than silence itself .

    Robust rain . rave relations .rainy roads we walk -- lost vales of found hate . we talk -- rain and I
    we meet where soulful shadows meet the doleful hours .
    afterall hours are bodies of bitterness .
    like you. like me . like the rain .


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  • tingesofhysteria 21w

    Sometimes it's necessary to write fiction when your reality is unbidden and charred , not to evade it but to face it .

  • tingesofhysteria 21w

    //flowers of a teenager//

    I remember I was a kid so young and naive that I used to grope for stars in a horde of fireflies .
    believed the moon followed me wherever I strayed .
    so naive I believed the shower in my bathroom was rain incognito under my command .

    and I used to set flowers on the table of a war-ravaged house -
    flowers I reckoned were immune to withering and wilting.
    they gleamed like auras in the pride of perpetuity.

    little did I know they were plastic flowers sitting stiff in immortality .
    and now that I steal flowers from my neighbor's yard in the quiet of the night , they wither and writhe the very next morning .
    for the first time I'm au fait with flowers being like humans--

    humans with a sundered heart,
    sharp shards of a euphoria that we picked up with bleeding fingers.
    hoaxes of the lullabies about a witch wearing a tiara of marigolds and daisies that I dreaded until I became her.
    now regret is the rose I carry.

    flowers wither like life .
    the truth is frozen like time .

    I smile at my flowers. they smile back.

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  • tingesofhysteria 22w

    // nights of a rememberer //

    At night my dreamless slumbers converge with the dialogues that were unsaid back then
    sitting in the secrecy of cavernous and unbidden opinions hurled at my nude body by someone anonymous --
    Well, I have their names memorized but memorizing what I want to scratch off the wall of my room is just me
    Back then when people tickled my cheeks like the tail of a cat with spikes for hair.
    Like the girl who asked me to man-up cuz I was too feminine ,
    as if femininity was a sin .
    If it really is , do wear it like a custom-made dress to enjoy your apocalyptic reign in hell
    Like the boy my age who told me no one my age respected me and succeeded in antagonizing me before everyone
    Like the traditionalist , i-dont-like-boys-mingling-with-girls
    principal who questioned my character and humiliated me for who I was ,
    as if the mirrors didn't do it everyday
    Like the class that made heaven and hell bridgeable

    And it's really crazy to think how 2 years back I still kept thinking about what my life could have been had I taken the road I so ardently avoided and how this time in the year I'm regretting the same .

    It's like these nights are frozen like the truth that burns .
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  • tingesofhysteria 22w

    // my hometown //

    I still remember last year around this time I was leaving my hometown to a city far bigger that tasted like hope of new beginnings ,
    where I believed the edifices would dwarf my grief --
    a city where clouds composed and hummed lullabies for its inhabitants to sleep , lullabies that had no hoaxes .

    It was a queer ,sultry summer .
    It is a queer ,sultry summer and I'm returning home that I left last year like a scent flees for a place that deserves it ,
    In the same car , driven by the same tan brown boy , beneath the same sky sitting in the secrecy of the same crestfallen evening .
    I'm returning to my hometown carrying the rotten vestiges of that hope , that gleamed brighter than the bona fide blood moon last year , in my pocket--
    that hope is dead like my will now .

    I'm returning to the town that I broke up with hundreds of times only to make up with again then broke up again ,
    knowing we're like a flame and a candle : one can't survive without the other...
    Like the estranged lovers walking side by side, our stars not aligning .

    Sometimes I feel like I'm north and everyone else is south , like this city that smells like me .
    But we don't repel.
    In lieu of repelling , we are stuck between repulsion and attraction .

    As I'm approaching my hometown , these roads look like a love that I so much like to pretend I'm over but even this car knows I'm not .
    The winds whoosh past telling me stories about childhood as we reach it , my hometown.

    I'm being driven to my hometown,
    the warmest cottage I've ever known where tiny sparks fly like confetti ,
    where even sparks can set you afire or freeze you
    , where hell and heaven are conjoined twins.

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  • tingesofhysteria 24w

    // my 19th birthday//
    Last year today I was waiting for you to call me ,and you did late at night , but you did. And that's when I smiled for the first time on my born day.
    You know me , I don't have friends who would throw surprise birthday parties for me and also that I'm no imma-party-hard-and-forget-everything kid .
    I'm this hyper mutated mix of a sadness as prolonged as the summers and a euphoria like the blazing flowers that don't burn to turn into ashes, but to show they can blaze and still be pure like a deity .
    To show their innate ability to live transcends you and me .
    Small things make me happy -- like these flowers I'm talking about ,
    doing my own chores without giving in to mental fatigue ,
    endeavoring into the bleakness late at night like nature ,
    writing poems about how I'm not happy and about how I'm intent on escaping this city,
    watching my grotesque face on a dewdrop perched on a leaf blade ... Small things like your smile or your voice on the phone .

    It's quarter to 12 . You didn't wish me this year . You are probably out with your motorcycle , smoking on a remote bridge , lamenting your loss . Avoiding calls from your mother who's anxious about your well-being .
    But I'm not like you .
    I'm not this sad, stone-cold lover who would lament by resorting to cigarettes and cheap whiskey .
    You know it.
    When I'm sad ,I cry
    and I don't try
    not to cry .
    I write .
    I have an entire playlist of sad songs to cry to that is playing while writing this poem .
    I can pick sharp shards of my heart with bleeding fingers off the floor . It's an innate talent.
    I have been doing it for 8 years .
    But you can't.
    But you surely taught me lessons like everyone else .
    You taught me that memories are the greatest legacies to leave behind ,
    memories last like ice immune to melting -- memories that either feed on you or keep you fed .

    And today I have learnt another lesson -- that you're still my home but here I'm open to burglary , to being murdered , to being hurt , to being lost in a place I'm acquainted with .
    So I smile , smile for the cake I cut last night at midnight .
    I smile for having the courage to stare into the vague clouds and make up " Happy 19th birthday " on them.
    I smile for the new Taylor Swift album due this November .
    I smile for the rose between the pages of my favourite book.
    I smile and walk out and as I look back , I smile goodbyes at you for one last time and make you promise that this is the last goodbye .


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    But you surely taught me lessons like everyone else .
    You taught me that
    memories are the
    greatest legacies to
    leave behind

  • tingesofhysteria 25w

    //The city of could-bes //

    This city that we inhabit ,
    our sanctuary after we got buried , is verdant except for the shadows that act like a memoir of our footsteps leading to our school
    The light gleaming in the horizon is sort of a face of everything we could have built ,
    and after everything we built broke , we summoned a tailor to refurbish it all .
    We were naive like children awaiting what-ifs by the door just to realize the hard way sometimes waiting never ends. At least in my case it didn't .
    But in your eyes was the fatigue of the perennial river and in mine the perseverance of the moon that never left like a lover .

    Some how everything I do after a year , everywhere I go in this car that was once our abode only after this city ,
    the zephyr stroking the strands of my hair feels reminiscent of the silence we shared and of how our symphonies synchronized like thoughts .
    So I named this grief born out of your absence after your smile , got my tears tattooed on my cheeks so I don't forget how I cried cuz , darling , I'm the unforgetting archetype --
    I remember what you wore on your 17th birthday and how you smiled when I played you the song I wrote .

    The sky kinda reads ," the beloved lover waiting at the station on someone is to wait for all of eternity"
    but I have never been the waiting type, you know --
    I even hate waiting at doctor's chamber to get treated , or for the food to be served on the platter ; rather I take a spoon and scoop whatever is on the pan .

    Darling, beneath your pillow is the ecstacy of the daylight and beneath mine is the rage of the trees that won't ever meet the stars and disappointment of a friend , a brother ,a son and a lover .
    And as the night falls like abandoned rain, this city suddenly feels so big cuz despite living here ,
    we haven't met in a year , and I vow we'll never meet each other again .

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  • tingesofhysteria 26w

    You come singing your "I'm sorry " like I always wanted you to but after the plane has already taken off .

  • tingesofhysteria 27w

    2 years ago around this time you were before me .
    You were a divine rivulet .
    I watched you like a thirsty homeless woman but I couldn't touch you ,
    Couldn't drink you ,
    Couldn't feel the calmness etched in you like something so profane it feels pure ,
    Couldn't bathe in you
    Because you were an expensive luxury I was too derelict to afford.

    This year , tonight , at midnight ,
    You're not here , unlike that April you were there sitting before my eyes like a chapter in a forbidden mystical book .
    So I resort to missing you in my dreamless slumbers,
    Picture you in numbers
    as if you're the cry of "1,2,3..."
    And lately I've fallen in love with illicit mediums ,
    Like sniffing at these spectacles that may have gotten specks of you from you wearing them that August ,
    Like texting you only to be left on seen
    It's like i have mastered that innate ability of murdering my self-esteem and taking pleasure while doing it .

    Love, if making your portrait inside my mind were an art ,
    I'd be the greatest artist history has ever known of ,
    And for once I wish you walked into this museum of artistic paintings of you smoking beside me ,
    Laughing like God beside me ,
    Infecting everyone with your coquetry with me

    And as i'm yet again writing you , Wordsworth is manifestating in me with his daffodils by the Windermere lake where all the poets went to die ,
    And as you know , I'm no poet .

    I only love ,love ,love and now even after all this time all I own is a heart coiled by a thread of black-and-white silence left by you .

    ---- midnight notes that I'll never send you


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    I watched you like a thirsty homeless woman but I couldn't touch you ,
    Couldn't drink you ,
    Couldn't feel the calmness etched in you like something so profane it feels pure ,
    Couldn't bathe in you
    Because you were an expensive luxury I was too derelict to afford.
    ---- midnight notes

  • tingesofhysteria 27w

    A poem should be something that acts like a shelter to us -
    Us, abandoned feelings and words left underneath the searing sun
    People like me , we drape an aura of seamless, nameless , blameless thoughts around our body the way a wicked witch on the corner drapes a saree
    Our dialect is untranslatable -
    So a poem should be like a linguist so sophisticated she can translate our dialect ,
    So gentle she can give us strength ,
    So stoic she can be our mother-like fortress.

    People like me ,
    We are dreamers ,
    Guardians to a hoard of fragile dreams of someday moving to LA or a city we can't quite discern in the thick mist and can't place in on the map
    We wanna wander down the lanes in quest of ourselves , running away from ourselves in that one city
    Where peace is with ease
    And somewhere so far the artificial hopelessness can't gallop in .
    A poem should be Doraemon's anywhere door
    That leads us to that one place on that island off the coast where our fragile dreams can breed .

    People like me don't wish on shooting stars cuz we're aware of the feeling that stabs you like conniving daggers
    When you plummet down and down and down and break in a trillion pieces and no one seems to even bother to catch you.
    A poem should be a teacher that teaches us to master the art of picking up those shards with bleeding fingers.

    People like me are fragile like petals .
    A poem should be someone that tells us tales about being being fragile but not frail.

    A poem should be sharp like Ram's arrow ,
    Pure like Kali's lolling tongue.

    People like me see themselves in the autumn leaves ,
    A souvenir of what was once beautiful .
    A poem should be an archway to seeing beauty in what you have.

    People like me just can't retrieve the heart we've already lost to someone --
    A heart like mine likes being broken by the same hands times and again .
    A poem should be a mason that fortifies our hearts in a way that only the right person can breakthrough

    --- what a poem should be.

  • tingesofhysteria 28w

    I can smell your scent in the colours of afterglow that linger the way you never do .

  • tingesofhysteria 28w

    As I walk through the door alone ,
    I don't feel that profound void anymore
    And I have this feeling so peculiar that this pain
    Won't be for evermore

    No hallucinations of you ,
    no ghosts of you
    Only me and and no longer nights spent dreaming of having you hold my hand by the seas
    And my stitched heart that no longer aches
    Maybe I'm healing
    Maybe the cracks on the ground sucking me in are sealing
    You off
    Maybe the indelible imprints you drew on me like tattoos are getting effaced
    But I still miss you

    And though I do , it's not the same anymore
    It's not lashing and whipping me now
    I take this vow
    And I have this feeling so peculiar that this pain won't be for evermore

    So I walk through the door alone ,
    Awash in an immense essence of you that exudes you like a light
    Not the sunlight
    Not the moonlight
    But a light that I saw gleam in your usual-mixed-with-unusual eyes
    How it told me," it's just a joke "
    And back then I
    Chose that joke over truth

    I look out the window , to the people forging new huts out of the ruptures of their old ones --
    They have absolutely no idea what it's like to miss someone who was never yours
    I do
    I could go on and on writing letters that I'll never send you
    But watching these people refurbish their homes seems way more fascinating

    I'm levitating from you
    Off this city that can't tame my love
    Cuz my sky is vast and to leave it un-navigated would be a sin
    And it's blue
    Not the blue you painted my roof
    Blue like the untamed tides that shatter icebergs like ceramics
    And slowly but surely I'm mastering the art of self-love
    Guess this feeling that my pain won't be for evermore is true

    So I walk through the door alone to a place
    Miles away from you and your contagious smile and your cancerous coquetry that ensnared me like an hare
    Where your scent dread to tread
    But I'm terrified of the prospect of never letting go of what we had
    And everytime I'm terrified ,
    I'll plant irises in my garden that's already impregnated with millions of irises .

    ----- this peculiar feeling ( inspired by Taylor Swift)
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  • tingesofhysteria 28w

    It's April . I aroused at 11 clad in a repentance as vast as my sadness ,
    And locked myself in my room --
    here, the winds reek of a stale desire of being an American poet ,
    And of being a protagonist
    Or a loud raconteur
    Or a proud survivor
    after the landslide has ruptured my village
    But what after that?
    Should the curtains fall , I'll keep my eyes wide open like the mouth of an emaciated tiger .

    I'm no poet.
    It needs diligence , precision and acceptance to be a poet ,
    and acceptance is something I lost to the rain-sodden streets in New York that I'll never walk ,
    One of the many things , of course

    Here is the cemetery of my archaic self --
    Someone I'm still trying to find in Doraemon's voice and shin Chan's coquetry but I end up finding myself in Hannah Baker's grief and Sylvia Plath's poetry.

    I met a therapist last year .
    Many, to be honest .
    They reiterated and reaffirmed lies about how I'd be going on a date with myself in 3 months .
    It's been 11 months and I'm yet ensnared in this small town where my dreams don't fit like a chimera tired from lying in bed .

    And not that I don't want to run away ,
    it's just that I don't know if I can run away
    And what if this is my fate
    and it's too late
    for me to close the gate
    And beyond this gate are forbidden woods ,
    So maybe I'm free here !

    And outside is a cremation ground .
    Everything is on fire so I don't look out the window . Instead , I stay in my room painting ugly portraits .

    Everything has to loom like conniving shadows.
    Everything has to bloom like brazen Meadows .

    Here on the ceiling inscribed like a scarlet indelible tattoo is a word : happiness .
    What does it mean ?
    Is it an extravagant brand I can't afford ?
    A Cascade in the medieval period ?
    The last time I was truly happy was when I was with my cousins in a field with the scent of a rustic environment , moonless nights
    We floated like water through the fireflies
    They were moon's heirs
    Our chortle pervading the air like a chorus .

    That summer breeze .
    That brazen ease.
    Everything's arbitrary .
    The fireflies are gone .
    So are my cousins to a city I can't place in on the map ,
    Where city lights flutter like fire flies , where chaos meets peace

    It seems I'll never be happy again ,the best I can do is not be sad .
    It seems I'll never laugh again , the best I can do is not cry .
    I'm screaming at the top of my lungs but
    It seems everyone has their earbuds on and they are listening to the kind of music i don't like .
    So the best I can do is talk to myself

    ----- the best I can do is not cry

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    It seems I'll never laugh again , the best I can do is not cry

  • tingesofhysteria 31w

    I became your sun giving you all I had , but you avoided me like an infected ray of sun .

  • tingesofhysteria 31w

    As the clock chimes midnight ,
    you're on my mind , in every nerve cell like a song I know every word to .
    You're the nocturnal temple I inhabit in gelid nights like this one , when you inhabit my prayers like you inhabit my long lost lullabies.
    I'm wearing your touch like a totemic ornament so as not to forget you,
    despite knowing that forgetting you is my only therapy -

    Love ,I'm closing my eyes
    and painting you inside my head slightly better than Leonardo Da Vinci and writing romantic rhapsodies
    about you slightly better than Wordsworth

    Love ,
    lately I've known the universe too is a hard-hearted stone emblematic of a null entity--
    it sees my eyes ooze teardrops emblazoned with your essence , screeching ,"I need you",
    but won't bring me to you like it does in my hallucinations and fantasies , in hypnosis .
    Memories of your contagious smile enfolds me like a shaggy shawl and hovers like a phoenix that will not burn ; but, love , the universe is a great entity, you know ---
    I have faith in the stars , the golden daylight that blooms like poppies and the moonlight that looms so astoundingly like a nightly rose ,
    and I believe in the kindness of the people I have never known .
    I have faith in the healing ki of the galaxies and the seismic energy of the solar systems .

    Yes, I have loved and known that to love is to feel free until it entraps you in its maze , but I believe I'll break free.
    I'm free ,for it turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you at midnight
    and holding onto to your finger like a baby
    Or probably I'm lying to myself to distract myself from the fact that you hold me hostage in your big old mansion
    Probably I'll never be free from you.
    Probably this is exactly what freedom is --
    the freedom to feel bound by a sense of belonging to someone who could never belong to you.

    Letter at midnight. #love#lovepoem#loveletter#midnight#poetry#poem#poetsofmerakee#poetrycommunity #writersofmerakee#writerscommunity

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  • tingesofhysteria 32w

    Legend has it we need to find someone to have our back no matter how dark the times get
    So I embarked on a quest of myself