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BY NIHARIKA JAISWAL

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September 2017

Tigeress Of A Circus

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He was her savior
He rescued her when she was but a cub
Now he rescues her from her dreams
Whipping wisdom in her back,
Dreams too big, crack too loud
The world is watching
He had to please the crowd.

He blows his whistle
She jumps the hoop
Runs through fire
Every night
Her roars sending a chill
Through everyone’s spine
A well-choreographed performance
For the crowd.

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Outside​ The Car Window

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Nothing tests patience
Like a long traffic Jam
On rickety roads
Of a hill station in India.

On a rainy day
The roads get muddy,
Tourists get annoyed,
Same irritated questions
On all the restless faces.

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Fireworks

 

You asked me to pour my heart out.

I poured my heart into a glass,
An intense cocktail of bittersweet feelings
Set on fire.
I knew it was not everyone’s cup of tea.

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The Strength You Finally Find

I would rather you didn’t make me your addiction,
I want to be that which gives you life
Not which takes it away in a process of slow death.

Let me be the air that you breathe,
I don’t wish to be the cigarettes that you smoke
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The Person

Maybe it was you
Or it was the time
Maybe it was just chance
But for whatever reason
I have chosen you

To be the thing,
The cause, the person
I will destroy myself 
In the name of
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Why Now?

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When a heart turns numb and love is gone
No electricity to light up the darkness
No heat to keep you warm at nights
Tears won’t soften a heart like that
Smiles will stir no feelings in it
No words you can speak
No songs you can sing
No apologies you make
No flowers you can bring
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Of course, I Miss You!

I might have stopped needing you
Your attention, your time, to love you
Honestly, that’s a liberating feeling,
But it’s not because I love you less
It’s because I am teaching my heart
To need less and love more,
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My Vow To You

I am too old
To wish for miracles
But that’s ok
I am old enough to
Not need them anymore too.
I know this now
No prince charming comes
No fairy godmother appears,
What you get is
Flawed human beings
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Fly You Little Insect!

life is a difficult game
And most of us play it
To only pass the time
To safely cross the finish line.

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