• Rahul Mahesh

BETWEEN THE BLANKS

He looked at his weary hands,

The cracks had started to deepen.

Under the heat of the afternoon sun,

He foraged all the might he could find.

Yet his mind made no effort,

Tired and desolate was his soul.

As the day came to close,

He walked back to the same gloomy four walls.

Bitter soup and meagre bread in hand,

He sat by the window watching the world go by.

It had been years since he saw anything new,

The same wretched streets, the whores standing by the curb.

He loathed this low-life being,

Staying in such pathetic penury.

The dreams of an innocent child,

Thwarted by the fatalities of adolescence.

He once dreamed of a sweet place by the sea,

Watching the waves crash upon the shores.

The smell of salt basking under the sun,

The rattling of sea shells as the waves spat them out.

But all he heard were wails of disapproval and gore,

As fights broke out in the streets below.

The cacophonous lilt of machines kissing the earth,

Of his neighbours making love against the thin walls.

His eyes were dead and dazed,

At times numb to his own miserable being.

The soul tortured in silence; still he remained,

In anguish his heart would scream.

No one could hear him wail,

No one cared, no one ever truly does.

In this pretentious life of momentary bliss,

All that we are, prisoners of our own make-believe happiness.

Worse than death is to stay alive,

In this world full of blank stares.

Blank walls, blank hearts, blank souls;

Only to wake up to this blankness again.

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