Coming home to you

I remember you composing
music to the poems I wrote,
infusing them with more
emotion and turning red droplets
to crimson stains of expression,
you sat blissfully tranquil
and while you drifted with time,
your hands gracefully sliding
across the piano, each quaver,
crotchet and minim merging
with my iambs, anapaests and
trochees, I forgot to remember
the burn of the bruises and scars
our knuckles and wrists bore,
because beauty and love triumphs
and creates a twilight far superior
to the pastel skies we retreat
into when the hands of our disturbed
fathers clawed deep, stole our
hearts, and planted seeds of
abominations on the soil of our souls,
watered each day by the tears
of an unforgettable, unfathomable,
undying trauma, and how we wait
for the axe of unadulterated affection
to slice the harrowing, horrifying
fruitless tree with stark limbs,
and thorns instead of leaves still
growing within, but
I guess even that wasn’t enough. I
watched those very hands that played
grow stiff and the face that absorbed
itself in our art grow catatonic.
I watched as you lost even the crayon
world of yesterday and only saw
terror, uttering meaningless
neologisms now and then – a
clink and a clang, and finally
watched as they took you
to a pristine, drug den where
they false promised you’d get better,
and though I visited, playing
your music and reading new poems,
hoping innocently that you’d give
them a score, they told me
a month ago that they found you
in a way that killed off all my hope,
and I didn’t attend your funeral,
because I knew that though some
other pianist was going to play
your compositions. I heard she
gave it ‘justice’ and that your parents
hate me now, and as
I walked to the beach
this evening, I crushed all the poems
I wrote you, left them on the sand,
jumped in and let
the waves crash against me
while I screamed, trying my best
to forget to remember us, and
get a hold of a life so fundamentally
messed up.

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2018)

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11 thoughts on “Coming home to you

      1. I can try another voice recording. Maybe not one of this poem but something else soon. The thing is that my thoughts just flow when I speak. So to articulate something fluently with the necessary gaps or pauses will be tough, because it’s requires talent and high levels of concentration. And trust me, my mind keeps moving from place to place.

  1. Hi Nitin-

    My name is Christine Ray and I am a managing editor at Sudden Denouement, Blood Into Ink, Whisper and the Roar, Indie Blu(e), and the Go Dog Go Cafe. Starting in May, Sudden Denouement will be hosting Discover Sundays several times a month, when we will post or reblog work by exciting non-Collective writers. I would love to post a piece or two of your on one of our upcoming Discover Sundays. We would of course properly cite you and provide a link to your blog. Would this be okay with you?

    Regards,
    Christine

    1. Hey Christine,

      I’m really thankful for this opportunity and would love to have a post of mine reblogged by Sudden Denouncement. I do write for Morality Park, but I’m open to being featured on a Discover Sunday. Thank you so much

      Nitin

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