“Before we are set in stone” – Nayana Nair

She stood ten steps away from me.
Smiling the sort of smile
I thought I would never see again.
The leaves and their shadows,
the broken light
only for us tonight.
I remember the how I loved her
as the wind rushes to hold her.
She, the mast of our broken ship,
asks me how I have been.

My fingers that ache for hers
hide behind me.
This is the answer that she wants
The simple answer
that can be nothing more than longing.
Longing is all I can feel, that’s how I create one incomplete world after another.
Longings are my wings that break me apart,
are my roads to run away.

My longings have so often been her dark room,
the flash that sees her cry,
her weary thin heart spread on mine,
her food and wrist going cold.

Ten steps away
I told her goodbye
when I could have told her prettier words –
words she would eventually lose faith in.
How tragic it would be.
So before the leaves could fall and dissolve on her shoulder,
make her yet another victim of hope.
Before we are set in stone.
I knew I must make my exit.
She is beautiful
I hope she remains so.
I hope I forget her again,
I hope this time it is easier.


  1. Ishita Gupta says:

    Heartbreakingly beautifulโคโค This brought tears to my eyes….wow

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thanks a lot dear ๐Ÿ™‚โค๏ธ
      Means a lot to hear that. Thank you so much ๐ŸŒน

      1. Ishita Gupta says:


    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Really glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. blindzanygirl says:

    So sad.

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thanks dear ๐Ÿ™‚
      Glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Roshni says:

    Hello Nayana, I really enjoy your blog and your poems are lovely.
    So I’ve nominated you for an award :
    Hope you’d accept the nomination ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Thank You ! Keep writing !!

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Hi Roshni
      Really glad to know that you enjoy my work. Means a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks a lot for nominating me. Will soon be writing a post for that.
      Thank you once again. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Roshni says:


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