“As Little as Possible” – Nayana Nair

the broken have found love again.

again they will forget all
that they promised they would never forget.

they talk of hobbies, talk of news,
talk of things that are easy to agree upon.
they talk about breaking down walls at lunch
and stay awake at night
getting rid of every part of themselves
that could spoil this love.

they tell themselves that this time
they will want less, expect lesser,
and love as little as possible
they try to love with their masks on
hoping that it would be easier,
but knowing all the while that it won’t be.


  1. After 40 years we did just that – didn’t forget, but understood more. It has lasted 10 years so far

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Awww…..congrats πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€
      I hope god blesses you with many more beautiful years together πŸ™‚

      1. Many thanks, Nayana

  2. Your poems are so insightful. Which means in practice, they are honest. In fact, you never BS your audience. I very much appreciate that. I know it turns some people off to hear the truth.

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thank you so much. Feels nice to here such compliments for my work πŸ™‚ I try my best to keep my work raw and honest without making it too melodramatic. I am not sure how successful I am at that. But hearing you say this, I think to some extent I have achieved that.
      Glad that you enjoyed reading my poem πŸ™‚

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thanks a lot for the compliment dear πŸ™‚ Means a lot πŸ™‚

  3. You are writing faster than I can catch up with reading the works of young poets πŸ™‚ The underlying message here is surely that we cannot construct a love affair as if were something that could be made by following the instructions for a pack of furniture from IKEA. Our seeking should be prepared to strip off all the masks, ensure that we are not blindfolded to the reality of what we are really seeking. Love may be in the heart when we write but we know there is a whole lot more. An observant young lady once told me, years ago, that ‘when you have made love, you know if you’re in love, or not’ I think there is a truth in that πŸ™‚ Thanks for another nice poem πŸ™‚

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      I totally agree with you. Sometimes we are so afraid of being rejected or abandoned, that we try to be someone we are not. Thinking that it will last. But we all know that we just wanted to be loved for who we are. That is something we always find us walking towards. This also applies to friendship also I guess. Even though we may have hundred friends who hang out with us and love us who we pretend to be. But at some point we start doubting their love, even if that was something we once yearned for. It is all because we are not sure they would have loved us if they knew what we really are.
      There is video called Highlight Reels by my favorite band BTS (It is a lovely video, with a beautiful message), in that there is a dialogue…

      β€œLooking back, I already knew it. That underneath the sparkling world before my eyes lay my deception. That everything was a dream, to be crumbled away with a breath of wind. I turned away, eluded, side-stepped, and closed my eyes. I was scared, scared of not being loved for who I am.”

      I am really glad that you liked my poem πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Means a lot to me πŸ™‚

      1. I agree with you the video is brilliant, images to reflect emotions. I must give the link to a friend who is just getting in to film work (she was directing, directed me in a play about eight years ago). Finding who we are, a little different from finding who I am, needs to be a key to all relationships. When I wrote ‘Please don’t fall in love with the man that you think that I am because I’m not’ I was trying partly to explore this, how much do you really know about anyone, even those closest to you. Thank you so much for enlightening me with so much that you write πŸ™‚

      2. Nayana Nair says:

        I am glad that you enjoyed the video.
        Sometimes when people project their hopes, their suspicion, their view of what we are, then we realize how we could be totally different that what we think are. While we try to build the relationships with this faulty of understanding of ourselves, we are bound the question the view we have of the other as well. When we do not understand the basis of the relation that we have, we end up fearing the moment the other person will see the real us (or the one we think we are) and give up on us. Maybe we see what we want to see. Timing and out state of mind may be the lenses that we see through. But then I don’t even know if an objective view to see another person or to even see ourselves exists or not.
        I am also thankful to you for sharing your views on these topic that mean a lot to me πŸ™‚ I get to learn a lot.
        Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  4. I could write so much on this whole area of exploring to find ourselves, and then how we relate this to relationships. However, I do not wish to cover your comments section with my thoughts, the poetry is for your thoughts and it is your space. Suffice to say that as I age I still find that in relationships I continue to find the self, I thought I knew all but found I knew nothing, if you understand πŸ™‚

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thanks a lot for the reblog πŸ™‚

  5. Carol Anne says:

    Beautiful poem! I love it!

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thanks a lot πŸ™‚
      Really glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

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