“Childhood Photo” – Nayana Nair

i do not want to be a child
who thinks that the world is this window
where i wait for you to return.
but i am.

and you are also the one
who has promised to never return.
but you have made many promises
and you have broken so many of it.
i guess i am counting on you
to stay true to who you are
and break another one.

i have done well on all my exams.
i have cleaned my room.
i have eaten all the greens.
you will be able to love me now.

they say you found love late
and the ones in love never return
to the loveless families
they want to forget.
have we been forgotten?
are we your embarrassing childhood photo?

mother cries a lot these days
and so i can’t cry anymore.
i can’t cry anymore
and i hate you for taking away my tears.


  1. efge63 says:

    Υοu melted my heart…..

    Good morning Nayana!!!!

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Good morning dear 🙂 😀
      Really glad that you liked it! Thank you 🙂

  2. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    Beautifully expressed, I felt your sadness.

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thank you so much 🙂 Means a lot to hear that 🙂

      1. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

        My pleasure.

  3. Chiru says:

    Fabulous post Nayana..

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Glad you liked it 😊
      Thank you 😊

  4. The worst thing someone could do was steal our tears… Hugs xoxo

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thank you dear 😊

  5. Woebegone but Hopeful says:

    Oh my goodness.
    This is filled heartbreakingly beautiful and poignant imagery.

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind words 🙂 Means a lot 🙂

      1. Woebegone but Hopeful says:

        My pleasure.

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Sorry for your pain. You expressed it so well in this “photo.” Thanks for leaving me a like today.

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      I am glad that you enjoyed reading my poem. Thanks a lot for your kind words 🙂

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