Night is not the dark winds
Of a strange mind floating through
Paths you and I wandered together without
Night is the moment when I stop and see the sun go out
of your eyes and the shadow
loom in your pupils
dense with the stench of fear and death.

Night is not the cocoon of dark warmth
Shielding us from the harshness
Of winter swirling around us
Sweeping us into a maelstrom of urgency
Taking us into a world where nothing
Exists except the feel of skin and the bump of bone.

Night is not the vacuum of the moment
Where time stretches into a continuum
Looping around itself in endless reruns
Of what might have beens and what could have beens
Of a parallel existence of regrets and
Returns to forks in paths not taken

Night is when I hide in your arms and breathe
Deeply of you, and feel the sun struggle to make
its presence felt from the other side of the globe
Stridently announcing its return to flare our universe into a light
We did not want to enter
The night is cosy, warm and silent
It bathes us in black forgetfulness
You and I
In the night


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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3 Responses to Night

  1. Mansi says:

    You are just too good.. I am currently relishing your book.. You should write more.. I am your huge fan.. :))


  2. SonaLee says:

    very interesting & beautiful post.
    i am the 1st time visitor to your link but i am sure will visit again & again.


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