When humans fight

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the black winds that have been blowing
venom in the air, stinging and screeching
the deadly dance this death has been playing
eyes are swollen and lungs are bleeding

it’s spring, still the land is covered with fallen withered leaves
trees have been uprooted, streams are thick with broken twigs
flowers which had just bloomed, have been blown away
and seeds still wait for the clouds to clear away

the sun still rises every day
but there is a black shroud
which covers us today

these are the times when humans rise
these are the times when humans unite

we…


LITERARY IMPULSE DAY 30 PROMPT: MEMORIES

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the stroking of these keys
it infuses the life again
unlock the temporal locks
and i live my memories again

the journey i am on
what do i call a home
the place i go to or
the place i come from

there’s never been a place
i have been bound to
the ball kept rolling and rolling
and i kept walking and walking

the dunes i had slept beneath, nowhere to be seen
the winds had been blowing, silent and unseen

the rivers had dried up the sun had gone black i planted my feet and i stood strong…


LITERARY IMPULSE DAY 25 PROMPT: PARIS POSTCARD

Paris Postcard

on your birthday
you wanted to be on eiffel
this was how it was paris

paris i had lived through
home once i had called it
i thought i knew the city
the lanes, the butts, and the sea
but it was a new paris
a new paris i got to see

started with your disneyland
those rollercoasters i never believed
you had to drag me through the first two
never ever was i so thrilled
we did that last one too
the one we were told not to

birds and limes swarming the city you made me download the…


LITERARY IMPULSE DAY 24 PROMPT: HOMETOWN

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the journey i am on
what do i call a home
the place i go to or
the place i come from

you talk about places
these towns and these cities
more than anywhere on this earth
it’s been the moon
i have lived in

being the traveler i am
why to stop at moon
the beyond i go
looking for a home
where two points will merge
where the horizons will disappear

even if it is in circles
i have walked through
i have traveled in space
time i have cut through

so many homes on the way the…


LITERARY IMPULSE DAY 23 PROMPT: SILENT WIND

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the dune i had slept beneath, is now nowhere to be seen
the winds have been at work all this time, silent and unseen

the undying banyan tree, in whose shade i used to play
now a public office there, to keep the earth, forever green

i found you in a glass of wine, to carry me through life
and today i get the reports, for my liver and my spleen

i had changed my sheets, and i had to change cities
i wash my hands and i look at them, they are not clean

the life of a party…


LITERARY IMPULSE DAY 22 PROMPT: SOUL

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FIRST VOICE

i can see the body
i can read the mind
but what’s this soul
where can i find

is it something like time
a construct of our mind
to keep flowing all the time
just another trap made for us
just to conceal the futility of us

you say it can be
never defeated, never won
then how can one be broken
how can two fuse into one

how can all souls be equal
how can they have no end

the chicken i fried, the weeds i burnt didn’t they have the souls in them vermin i quashed…


LITERARY IMPULSE DAY 21 PROMPT: HAPPIER VERSION

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to create a hero in the story, i had to create a villain
to feel happiness in life, i had to feel pain

i feel happy when i touch your petals
but to get to you, i had passed through thorns
the journey of life, i know, is both sun and shade
the poems i write — some get claps, some get scorns

let me sieve the moments today, let me pick the happy ones
there have been a lot of them, let me add one more to them

i feel happy when you use my first name to address…

Saurabh

a compulsive traveler

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