Everybody thought she was delighted,
Her life was the mixture of a unique shade;
But I knew, the tint diminished,
And it was turning to fade.
Her eyes could indicate the misery,
That she had been hiding
From the rest of the society,
And for all I knew, she was hurting.
The indication was more intense than a valley,
It seemed to be darker than her own shadow;
I could hear her yells, they were flashy,
Just like a hungry tiger that howls.
She was at the very edge of falling,
I wondered whether it is because of my manner,
I felt responsible for her suffering;
After all, I was the one to choose someone else over her.
I left her deserted when she was in tears,
Her tears rolled down her face and hurt her skin like acid;
And meanwhile, I was counting the years,
That I spend with someone I took for granted.
I realized we were falling into the same valley,
I decided to apologize to her,
As always, she smiled heartily
While looking at me directly through the mirror.
– Elisha Khaneja, Ryan International School, Chembur, Mumbai1 Like