Receipts

You left me a maze of interspersing alleys. A road too overstretched for my five-year-old feet. Cobblestones lining renegade cities, voices like refugees calling out the names of their homes. Hands waving frantically in the air, masts of a ship washed ashore. Mild grey eyes, laughter gone out of them. Body turning towards the corners of a forgotten street, crumbling like an old roof in the winter heat. Leaves hanging in mid-air, trees trying to reconcile their roots with arms. Nylon memories and paper conversations. Broken seconds of a clock stranded in the vast estuaries of time. The sound of perhaps against a backdrop of unanswered questions. Thunder in a city of rainless nights, songs like hiccups between hidden tears. The distant whistle of storms pelting the skyline, making an arc out of disjointed constellations. Fire that burns to make sure there’s enough light. Metronomes resounding in empty taverns as constant reminders of what could have been, if not this. Words that leave you with a pining for more.
Always.

Trivarna Hariharan is an author whose work appears or is forthcoming in various literary magazines such as Random Sample Review, Textploit, On the Rusk, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Literature Studio, TheOriginalVanGoghsEarAnthology, A Penny For A Thought, Orange Almonds, The Criterion, Bougainvillea Road, Unbroken Journal, Mad Swirl, HIV Here & Now, Tuck Magazine, Life in 10 Minutes, Quail Bell Magazine, Germ Magazine, Paper Lens, and elsewhere. She serves as the editor in chief at Inklette, the poetry reader for Sprout, and is the Head Officer for Journalism at Redefy. Her first poetry collection, Home and Other Places, is being published by Nivasini Publishers, and is slated for a 2016 release. She believes strongly in the power of art to bring about a change in the world.

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