Everything around

feels indifferent

suspended in limbo

forlorn and forgotten

losing life

breath by breath

old books on the table

dried flowers on the mantel

cold ash in the fireplace

rotting sausages on the plate

unmowed uncared lawn

creepers unkempt overgrown

clock hands flicker in vain

dust-draped photo-frames

faces with fading smiles

mirrors covered in slime

the wooden door shrieks

the ceiling still leaks

the walls are peeling

the paintings discoloring

room after room

feet drag me into memories

somewhere in the distance

a girl chases her father

her giggles and chortles

make his morning merrier

presently, the floor board creaks

under my weight

best left forgotten

it begs for me to leave


Asha Seth