Shadows on the Walls

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By:- rANJEETA nATH gHAI

The bombed church;*
A sinister looking forlorn building,
Stood out in the moonlight.
An eerie silence engulfed me whenever crossed it.

*

Shadows danced on the walls
Winds whistling
Through the trees whose branches
Seem to snare and snarl in the moonlight.

*

A specter; I can feel its power;
Vibrancy;
And it’s resonance, following me home.
Twisting my heaving heart.

*

A mournful melancholy cry;
A sorrowful howl.
An eerie echo,
A tired call of an owl.

*

Silence follows,
An eerie feeling set in.
Listening carefully; heart drumming in my ears,
Waiting for another howl, another hoot.

*

Absorbing; Consuming; trying to take in the sounds
That can be heard from every direction,
Leaving only the silence and its eerie dissonance behind
I wait. I wait…impatiently for my husband to come home.

This is a true incident. We were posted in Ambala Cantt., and had to cross this church to go to the mess for lunch and dinner. We had a scooter then and every time I crossed the church I could feel something sinister as if a specter used to travel back with me. It was eerie as if I was being watched by someone I couldn’t see. Many times I could feel I saw something run past out of the corner of my eye. I used to desperately wait for my husband to come home from his office.

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*The bombed church:- St Paul’s Church in Ambala Cantonment is one of the oldest churches in the region. St Paul’s church, which was consecrated on January 4, 1857, was bombed during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. It is believed that the aircraft which bombed the church missed nearby airfield and hit the church. The bombed church is now within the Air Force school complex. During the first war of Independence in 1857, Britishers took refuge in the church.

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…And the End Comes Too Soon

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By:- rANJEETA nATH gHAI

A college friend comes visiting by
Gifts, husband and kids in tow
Surprising me as I slept.
We party through the night and party hard
Many strangers I can see
One is rude yet the others are friendly
But how can all this be true…!?!
Tired I trudge my washroom
To have a shower
But everything changes even there
Familiar surrounding I don’t see
Old stuff replaced by latest gadgets
That I fumbled to operate
For shampoo, I kept finding a shaving cream
The most irritating thing that could be…
Bizarre things happen with me
And I cannot fathom why
My dead kitten comes to life
Clinging and cuddling it purrs
A lame wolf saunters in my fence
Looking for an easy prey
As I scream for help
My dogs come crashing in and make beeline
For the wolf chasing him out of my premises
I’m so glad to have them back
For I had lost them to death
One nineteen and the other seven years ago!!
As I enjoy their company and cuddles
I’m shaken up by my shoulders by unseen hands
And a voice calling out from somewhere far
“Get up, get up, have your tea, it’s getting cold!!”
And then with a jolt, I come back to reality
It was all a dream…!!
A funny, weird, bizarre dream where
Winds from the past were
Securing things of desire at last
Where the loved ones long dead came back to life…

—–XxXxX—–

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A Bridge To Cross

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By:- rANJEETA nATH gHAI

No matter whatever we do in life
However far we think we have come
However successful we think we are
Decisions have to be taken
To cross over to the other side.

Always there would be a bridge to cross.

The path laid out ahead
Maybe long and dark
Leaving us with no other choice
Sometimes but to trudge on ahead,
New beginnings, new ends.
And a future fueled by doubts.

Always there would be a bridge to cross.

The hidden giant of uncertainty
Always seems to hound,
Asserting his presence.
Pride. Self-worth. Self-confidence.
Taking a backseat
As we burn our bridges, never to return.

Always there would be a bridge to cross.

In the midst of all the chaos
Little things
Consume nearly the whole of our soul….
Destroying our hopes.
As I collect the charred scraps of wood
I stare at miles and miles of naked road ahead.

I realized;
In between fulfillment and contentment,
There always would be a bridge to cross.
There always would be a bridge to cross

 

—–XxXxX—–

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A Few Wounds and A Pinch Of Salt

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By:- rANJEETA nATH gHAI

A few wounds;
A pinch of salt;
And a little pain.
But it’s time not to mourn.
The etched memories,
Will serve as a reminder,
Never to trust you again.

*

One eye behind my head,
The other facing forward.
Watching out for stray daggers,
While focusing on the future.
Today, I have rearranged the people in my life,
As per their own rules and standards
And my priority in their lives.

*

Words and excuses were always
Arranged and rearranged.
To avoid standing by my side
When I needed them the most.
Manipulating words; to portray alternate meanings
With no promise of anything.
Now, they and their words are beyond the capacity to hurt me.

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As long as we continue to deny
What is clear to our naked eye
We shall be used and taken for granted.
With a sudden change
Today, everything has been rearranged.
Negativity; I didn’t want it to be permanent
so I packed my things up; moved out of their lives.

*

….I’m still slowly moving along.
But with people who care…

—–XxXxX—–

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