“Something Simple” – Nayana Nair


The evening melts into my drink.
“I must burn something of myself here.
I must burn to remember this, to remember her.”,
I keep repeating this to myself as I stand beside the dying fire.
Suddenly my teeth ache for something cold to sink into.
I remember the orange color that used to spread on my tongue
as I drowned myself in the glass bottles of artificial citrus,
running away from the summer that I had waited for.

I walk away from the fireplace,
putting a bit more distance
from the monster that ruled the mantle,
relived to have found something simple to talk about.
I sit beside her and speak in my human voice.
I tell her of this small thought,
this small honest flaw of mine she can play with.

She asks “was that how your childhood was like?”
I could have answered “that’s how my life is and will be”,
but it was more easy to ask “what color was your tongue then?”
She recites from memory a poem.
A poem on the beauty of transparent things,
on the cruelty of everything
that own you without leaving stains,
without giving you a chance to scrub them out of your soul.
She smiled and thus handed me something
that I can consider hers for a while.


  1. Simone E says:

    Your pieces have an enormous depth to them, which I value and appreciate. It makes you think. It makes you ponder.
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Nayana Nair says:

      Thank you so much for such kind words ๐Ÿ™‚ Means a lot to me ๐Ÿ™‚
      Really glad you enjoyed my work and found meaning in them.
      Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have a beautiful day ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Simone E says:

        Of course, you deserve it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Looking forward to more!

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