I live alone in fear of arguments, and I sing alone in fear of dissonance, but please do not judge me. I write but do not publish, so that uninitiated readers may not disturb the rhythm with uncalled for comments. Yet, the meter of my verse feels incomplete; it speaks but lacks validation. There are … Continue reading Incomplete



Silhouettes - the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible in restricted light against a brighter background. It’s not just a dictionary meaning. It represents the underground presence, hushed voices, crushed identities that lie beneath a story. They are the ones who created the outline, but disappeared either voluntarily or were compelled to … Continue reading Silhouettes

Unproven Guilt

“Eye-witnesses back out from deposing in the courtroom battle. Those who can afford to buy success by manipulating justice will always do”, my lawyer friend is rambling on. She also happens to be a believer in astrology, occult sciences and ancient scriptures. Have mystics done the greatest harm by redeeming their own souls? So many … Continue reading Unproven Guilt


“Is that so? What happens next?” And here those interns holding up the giant board fumbled. “Well, you might as well not take a risk.” “What kind of risk?” “It makes sense to part with some money than …” “Than what?” The screen fell, and a young crowd emerged laughing. “Join the party. We are … Continue reading Warning

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #258

Welcome back! PROMPT #258 It's so tough to remain positive at times. A word that is constantly gnawing my insides, staring back at me from every wall I encounter is CESSPOOL I choose this as the prompt word for this week. Your piece need not be pessimistic or negative. You can show how someone manages … Continue reading Reena’s Xploration Challenge #258

Frozen Sea inside Me

Denise gives me a ponderable quote. “A book should be an ax to chop open the frozen sea inside us” I go ahead and  choose a book that seems relevant. I’m engulfed by dizziness, just when I’m on the verge of a breakthrough, landing in a whirlpool. My feet are shackled by guilt, as I … Continue reading Frozen Sea inside Me


“It’s an electric pole, not a cross.” “Oh, my Gosh! I see hope and then it vanishes…”  Diana is the eternal pessimist, believing in doomsday predictions and her companions are at the verge of exasperation. They decide to ignore her and get busy clicking pictures of the majestic peak in front of them.  Locals believe … Continue reading Faith


The image that stares back at her is not too flattering. Maybe the camera on her device is harsh. Sadly, only Zoom offers filters. She wonders what people see when they look at her - the image she sees in the mirror or the one that appears on screen. The mirror is kinder. They’ve been … Continue reading Mirage

Reena’s Xploration Challenge #257

Welcome back! RXC PROMPT #257 There is no restriction on format of the piece. There is no last date either, unless you wish to be featured in the Weekly Wrap.  Any post that is found to be offensive, vulgar or something that hurts common sensibilities will not be included. This needs to be a safe … Continue reading Reena’s Xploration Challenge #257


A drop in the ocean promises to stand by another, till it is swept away by a large wave and merged in strong currents. It meets other drops but is unable to identify its kith and kin that came from the same river of origin, their identities being merged and submerged by  stronger force. Life … Continue reading Unconfined