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sushma madappa Apr 2016
I often wonder if I would ever run into you.
If I do, how would it play out?
So, I imagine a scenario where Iam shopping at a supermarket,  walking down the aisle,  pushing my cart,
looking for some mundane little thing and there you will be,
next to the cereal aisle, holding your favorite brand of cereal.

What would we do?
Will one of us lean in for a hug,
smile awkwardly at each other or
behave like strangers?
Would we exchange numbers,
With a promise to catch up soon or do
the most natural thing in the world-
go to the nearest cafe or pub and
have coffee or a drink or two together.
Share our stories, wish each other well and part as friends.
I hope that's what we'd do.

I would love to walk down that aisle with you.
I look for you in every supermarket in the world, I step into.
sushma madappa Jan 2016
The memories fade
The hurt abate
The scars so deep;
The flecks of red
on walls so white.
Sole testimony to the time.

The knowing smiles
The intoxicated wiles
Lie abandoned in the
dustiest attics of our minds
While here I stand
Outside  myself
Done and dusted
Weaving tales of a distant time
sushma madappa Jan 2016
Sifting through my memories
I chanced upon one.
The one I keep tucked away
in the darkness of my vault.
Only to be brought out for a feel of home.

Of a dusk spent, legs dangling
oe'r a window ledge.
When you came up from behind
and hugged me so.
The hug lingers on.
As do fragments of you
Now lost forever.
Like the *** end of a story,
still waiting to be told.

As I pick up the remnants of a life that once was,
I return to the one that is.
The one that I am half way through.
While I am not yet  through
And just maybe, we are not through.

I dream dreams of you.
In the darkness, I ***** for you
Bereft of us, when I wake up to myself.
You wave out of the frame and smile just so.
As though to say I told you so.
And I think to myself
Of all the memories, of all the people
in all the world,
I had to trip over this one, of you.
sushma madappa Jan 2016
Every once in a while the sun stages an intervention;
Sunshine jostles its way through a crowd of raindrops, to find me.

Swathed in the golden glow of inspired light, I dance in the rain;
Safe in the knowledge that my bit of sunshine is lurking in the shadows, waiting to jump me.

In that moment of perfect light, thoughts explode into a million little pieces of scattered dreams, basking in the brilliant afterglow of sun kissed love.
sushma madappa Jan 2016
The act of living itself can be such a chore sometimes.
I would rather escape into the lives of people in
stories, in old black and white pictures, films and art;
Or even the myriad possibilities that exist in
the universe that I call my brain.
How many mindless moments must I cross off my list
before I may pause to find solace in the wonders of my mind!
sushma madappa Jan 2016
It was inevitable
Layers of you peeling away slowly
Day upon day, week upon week
Tantalising, teasing, tempting me back to myself

Surprisingly painless
Ridiculously simple
Brutally quick
Mocking me with its ease
Unforgiving, unnerving even

Oh how easy it was to let go
But let be? Maybe not.
sushma madappa Jan 2016
The spotlight fades, the curtain falls;

I lay in the dark, close my eyes

And play audience to a celestial symphony of my very own.

Brilliantly lit stars scuttle across

with barely contained urgency.

Trying to find their way home in the dark;

Seeking their designated spot;

Collapsing, colliding, alligning;

Finally coming to a stand still;

To form a pattern - a semblance of home;

Playing their part in the constellation.

Lo and behold, a planet clothed in flaming orange

Darts acroos the sky, pauses to catch it's breath;

Then explodes - into a million little fragments;

Breathtaking, brutal and brilliant, all at once.

Dreams waiting to be sought, seen, serenaded;

And I wake up - to a new show, a new stage, new actors

and yet another spin around the sun!
I woke up from this dream on the morning of the 1st of January 2016 and something inside me shifted a little.
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