That Stranger

That Stranger

A Poem by Devashish Kumar

With heavy breaths
Pounding heart 
Perspiring temple 
I woke up in the middle of the night. 
Was it a nightmare?
Or what?
I looked at the watch.
3 AM it said.
I gulped some cold water.
And let my breaths settle.
I tried to sleep
But in vain. 
“I’ll take a walk.”
I said to myself.
“A bad idea!”
No sooner did my feet retort, 
I found someone’s still gaze upon me. 
I’d never known him.
But something about him 
Seemed familiar. 
Was he a colleague of mine? 
Or my milkman?
I smiled at him. 
He smiled back. 
Forced smile, noticeably.
With unkempt long hair
Sullen abysmal eyes 
Wrinkles of stress 
Head loaded down
Wrapped in shabby clothes
Lost he was in his own thoughts.
He looked troubled.
Did he lose someone special?
I decided to talk to him.
I started to walk in his direction. 
Astoundingly he too moved in my direction. 
“He too wants to talk to me?”
I thought.
We kept moving towards each other
Until he crashed into the reality
And I, into the mirror.

© 2015 Devashish Kumar



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I got a nice chuckle for this piece. The suspence meter kept building right to the last twisted line.
Nice work

bill

Posted 1 Year Ago


Devashish Kumar

1 Year Ago

thank you :)

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Added on July 5, 2015
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