Poetry: In-Action by Samriddhi Raj


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Samriddhi Raj is a graduate of B. A. (Hons) English from the University of Delhi. She has previously published her work in the Criterion Journal.

 

In-Action by Samriddhi Raj

I

Lola sits on the same bench.

Breathing smoke and blowing some.

There’s the mist.

The pen in her hand doesn’t work now.

The paper has distortions scribbled on it.

The five-year-old selling roses stares at her.

He is unsure.

He still approaches her.

 

II

Lola sits on the same bench.

Breathing smoke and blowing some.

There’s the mist.

Humaas has told her he loves her.

She is joyous.

“You just said it Humaas, Why to write it now?” she said.

She hears him scribbling the pen.

He is ten years her senior.

She thinks he is perfect.

A five-year-old selling roses approaches them.

 

III

Lola sits on the same bench.

Breathing smoke and blowing some.

There’s the mist.

A five-year-old selling roses stares at her.

The woman is busy scribbling.

The pen doesn’t work now.

The boy is unsure.

The woman keeps talking to herself.

He just approaches her.

 

 

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