Lenin Meitei Thingujam (Imphal, Manipur)
I want to carve your name in the sky,
And sing it to the tune of the whistling winds.
But here I am,
Chewing on nuts and bolts,
In the name of survival.
I remember once I lived,
And put messages in bottles by the sea.
Now I am mummified in a raging void-
A zombie with a painted smile
Carrying in my soul a Botox induced numbness.
I want to fly you across the moon,
And freeze the moment in the flow of time.
But look where I am-
Digging chasms around me,
An island I am in a dry ocean.
I know once I was feeling,
And made paper boats in the rain-
Now I am imprisoned in a black hole
A chimera with a death wish
Blackened by night, a moonless night.
You cried monsoons,
And “Spring has come! ”, you told my barren ‘heart’
Toiled through the flames,
To bring to life a nursery of hope
But all it gave you was a stillborn score.
You remember Davy Jones?
Like that pirate I ripped out my hurting heart
And locked it away inside a witch`s spell
On this day, my lady love
I give you the key to that forgotten fable.
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