poetry

Two Strangers

Two strangers,
Ascending to a height
Inside a concrete jungle
On the day of uneasy marriage between
A cloudburst and a high tide
But the city didn’t stop for
Two strangers inside a lift
Fear of closed spaces haunted him
Fear of strangers hounded her
It was matter of minutes
Before they’d be out of each other’s
Hell, a temporary nightmare
Like a spacecraft it took flight
Only to stop on floor no. 16

Like a minor crash
The spacecraft halted
Lights blinked and danced
Before they bid goodbye
What remained is a faint red light
Radiating from her skin
And his eyes
Playing with the demons
Inside their heads
Sweating profusely
Heartbeats racing to the moon
Moments turned to hours

Her lips struggled as they
Acknowledged this other stranger
Wearing full moon spectacles
Her eyes passing electricity cloudburst her brain
This man with a faint beard,
A well-groomed stache
A charmer, he must have been
Her mind said, he still was
A black thread wound around his ankle
But a stranger nevertheless

He barely smiled
Hated closed spaces so bad
Reminded him of all the times
He was imprisoned by his mind
His world, his people
Fought his demons, he tried
Transformed his fears to metaphors
His eyes hovered over her face
Her lipstick, her tiny eyes
His only solace in his hell
As if she was reminding him to breathe

Their legs were giving up and
In their own time, they slid to the floor
Curled up in the corner
Living in a closed space
With a stranger
Death is not always scary I guess
Sometimes life kills cruel
They huddled close to each other
Extends his hand across her shoulder
While she rests her head on his chest

Perspiring faces,
Trembling lips,
Shivering hands
Draw into a kiss while,
Holding her face;
Two helpless souls
Stuck in a lift
And in this moment,
She tasted a friend
And he tasted freedom

 

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