“Cutouts of Star Factories” – Nayana Nair

Though the sky is filled with lights
the nights on this land are lonely as ever.
Again I am in love
with a part of sky,
with things that we call heavenly
only because they are out of our reach,
only because they are not ours to keep,
because every god seems to love them more.

I end up on websites or with books that say
“this is how the universe looks”
“this how the stars are born”
“this is the most beautiful cloud you will ever know”
“this is something your tearful eyes can never see”.
That for every drop of light
there are an expanse of emptiness
which we cannot imagine.
That we are small and we are insignificant.

Funny how the love for things
that I thought couldn’t possibly hurt me
also takes me down the same path.
The path that I walked once
holding the hands of someone
made of flesh plastered with signs
of caution and warnings.

But it is different now.
I guess the difference lies in who tells this news to me.
If I am nothing, if this hurt that I feel because of you
is of minor importance,
if I have a life that will be easily forgotten,
then I do not have to kill myself only to be remembered well.
And maybe,
just maybe
I can forgive you for being human
and myself for not being humane enough.


  1. Reflective, absorbing, gentle, telling words …

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Really glad that you liked it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much. πŸ˜€

  2. The reflective part is interesting. You mention ;
    ‘we are small and we are insignificant.’
    I used to think that way, and in one context that is correct, if we consider only science. However, in other ways, I would say there is an alternative view. I see everyone as being significant, each person is very special and has value, so you have value, you have worth, you are loved, you are my equal, this is something that I think I have learned over the years. It becomes a more positive view on life. Just as people can be hurt, so they can also be happy. In one sense your writing, strange as it may seem to you, actually makes me happy. You have a very unique way of exploring self which is deeper than it appears on first reading. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      That is indeed a really positive and uplifting way to look at it. It all depends on our perception. Our lives become valuable when we chose to see the value of it.
      I am indeed surprised as well as glad to see that my words could bring happiness to you. Knowing this gives me more joy than you can imagine.
      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

      1. There are many poetesses and poets on WP. I follow some because they are willing to experiment, some can play on one tune and give many interpretations, some have depth without stranding the reader unless they use a dictionary. Your work is more in the last category, you give it depth but you don’t try and dazzle the reader with vocabulary.

      2. Nayana Nair says:

        I always write with the intention to make my poems as simple as possible in terms of language and vocabulary. Sometimes you are really into reading something, but finding really tough words can break the atmosphere that work is trying to creating. I try my best to use simple words to avoid that. That is just an approach that goes well with the intentions with which I write. There are many people who write really well with rich vocabulary but that’s not for me. Thanks for noticing that. That is an aspect of my work that I put lot of effort in, but I think you are the first who has mentioned it. πŸ™‚
        I am really flattered to know that you have such high opinion of my work πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

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