what should have made me feel free
tied me down with the absence of it.

what should have been an avenue for me to explore
made me feel like i didn’t have a home.

what would have been more room for me to grow
made me feel small and out of place.

what should have been a reminder about living
made me feel hopeless day after day.

what would have been a dream
became distracting.

the blank spaces
the craters
the distance
the indecision
i let it make me feel empty.


  1. a.s. says:

    I love that last stanza, Aarushi. Your writing is so good πŸ₯ΊπŸ’›

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  2. Oh wow! This reminds me of one my favorite poems of all time (“Samurai Song” by Robert Pinsky). This is really outstanding!

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    1. Aarushi says:

      I just read that poem and oh my, it’s so profound and thought provoking, it expressed what I was feeling at the time clearly. thank you for your comment πŸ˜„

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      1. You’re welcome! This poem you wrote just blew me away. The second I read it was knew I needed to read your other work and follow your blog. And your other work is just as good. πŸ™‚

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        1. Aarushi says:

          that’s so nice of you, thank you. I look forward to reading your work and getting to know you more too. cheers!πŸ₯³

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          1. You’re welcome. And thanks! Stay well! Have a beautiful rest of your day!

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  3. Ace says:

    Oh Aarushi, this is so so beautiful! I especially love that last stanza, it ends it so powerfully and uniquely!!! I always love your writing…missed you, dear friend!!! You do an amazing job of capturing emotion in such a strong and graceful way!! Hugs and love πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ€—

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