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Opinionated Head

BY NIHARIKA JAISWAL

Dreams Depreciate

 

I went to the pawnshop
Offered my dreams as collateral
Pawnbroker showed no interest.

I tried to tell him that they were
Perfectly good dreams,
They could give really good returns
To someone who can pursue them,
I am just not in that place right now
Surely he could offer a decent value against them,
I am good for it!
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Considerate

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No, he didn’t drink to lose himself
He drank to find himself.

On those blurry nights,
At the bottom of the glass
The veil of practicality lifted from reality
And he could meet the side of his
That lived on the other side.

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My Verdict – Not Guilty

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When we come face to face with a situation
We were not strong enough to handle,
We improvise, we become stronger
Than we ever thought we could be.

Yes you have seen the darkness
And the filth this world has to offer,
And that is scary, I know.
But if you are still around
Then you also know
That you are too strong for
The darkness to devour.

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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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