the painful burns
innumerable like the stars
on a closer look.
most I ignore with a burn.
am I sufficient? Tell me?
because I helplessly burn too
(the heartbeats are a little eerie)
can I stop this?
it has the inertia of a moving mountain
it sucks me out with a tremendous force
stopping is difficult.
I am not even involved.
I just etch on the surface.
the outer world is just a scratch
my relationships are shallow
what validation do I need?
my breath just moves and I just stare.
the neck moves in the vast cosmos
of my little room.
silence, sounds, and sensations
there is no sense of completeness
but my eyes are moist.
Himanshu Ranjan lives in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. He is a poet and a Young India Fellow. His anthology is titled 36 Love Stories, in which he has composed 36 sonnets and a sestina. His poems have featured in Poetry Potion, Eunoia Review, and Indrdhanush. He loves teaching Chemistry.