I will keep the anklets you left me till you return at the end of this era. I know you will tell me not to wait. Chandni, I would have listened to you. If I could. Maybe before your hair caught light in the late summer afternoons you read Tagore to me as we sat on our makeshift swing under the Banyan tree. I could have stopped myself from falling if perhaps we did not walk hand in hand to the hill top to watch your favourite sunsets. We probably should have stolen more kisses, you say. But Chandni, we never knew we had limited days. I was foolish enough to believe the full moon's sheen would keep us lit for eternity. I know you have told me before. And you will tell me now. To forget you. But Chandni, how can I forget that which fills every inch of my being. How do I breathe without counting each moment that brings me a little closer to you. You should probably go. It is getting late. But I beg you to not ask me for the impossible.
I cannot look out the window without searching for your light. This frame hung on the wall does not do justice to your frame. The mysterious smile, the playful movements of your eyes as you ran across the room into my arms. Sigh. How can a man ever forget being lucky enough to have the most beautiful broken star within his reach but to lose it because of his own folly. How is it possible, Chandni. I want to apologize to you. But I cannot even do that for words escape me every time I look at you going away from me. I say away from me but what right do I have to call you mine. I only have these anklets. These chunks of silver which will light up my evenings now. Because from tonight, there will be no moonlight, Chandni. There will be no you. - Anjali Siddhartha .
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