Haiku for 4/1

A whiff of shampoo
Takes me back a year or more
A pained heart lies not

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Tell Me Not

Tell me not of heartache
Cured by a single apology
Cured by swallowing pride
Cured by telling the truth

Tell me not of pain
Cured by a single kiss
Cured by human change
Cured by humor

Tell me not of hate
Cured by listening
Cured by letting go
Cured by exchange

Tell me not of love
Cured by ‘a better one’
Cured by monetary troubles
Cured by death

Going Dutch

Thoughts pass by lightning speed
All memories realised and remembered
Mistakes rewritten into perfect little scenes
Do my choices mean that the ending must be of my demands
Or can I even change my future

She looks at me with beautiful blue eyes
They must be fake, I reason
Like how I wear my tie in such a fashion
Like how we sit with our backs straightened
And minds sharpened

“So, what do you think of me?”
The question still rings in my head
It has been milliseconds since she asked
I need to give an answer soon or I’m too slow
Too slow in this game

“Well, you see…”
I am stalling for time, I need to make my move
I should compliment her features, something soon
I open my mouth again and speak-

“You were lovely today.”
I close my mouth, hers were not
“I never knew someone could be so open,”
“So trusting and yet so mysterious!”
“I really want to meet you again.”

Her smile is gorgeous
Her voice is a radio in the deserted island
The bill arrives to the table
Her eyes looked down into her open purse
Petite hands searching for something

I on the other hand, search for a counterattack
Finding none but true compliments
I console myself in thinking that she is but a facade
And yet I fail to even convince myself of that
She looks amazing with those glasses

Without You

I don’t hear a voice when I wake up
I don’t smell toast as I finish my bath
My cheeks are dry as I leave the house
My phone doesn’t light up at work
I don’t have homemade meals for lunch
I have no plans after work
There is only one pint of beer on the table
The TV channel doesn’t change
Dinner is a silent affair
I complete my work and emails
I can’t finish the ice cream tub
The bed is empty as I step out of the shower
My body is cold as I lie on the bed
Without you.

I Loved You

You once held up the paint can
While I stood on a ladder
And I loved you

You once told me about your worries
While I was fast asleep in bed
And I loved you

You once made a kite for my birthday
While I was busy working
And I loved you

You once made me pose for a picture
While I was sick of the world
And I loved you

You once told me to forget all that we did and start anew with you
While I was crying over my decisions
And I loved you

And now that I no longer remember
I don’t love you
I don’t love you anymore