East of the Sun


Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day shall come at last when I
Will take the secret paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

-Tolkien

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expectations

Expectations.
This is an unfashionable word in the world I live here.
It is a point of pride, a badge, women especially, like to flaunt, this lack of expectations.
If you expect the slightest thing from anyone you are made to feel as if you are a parasite, a person so demanding it is impossible to have a relationship with you.
So I learnt to throw most of my expectations out of the windows.
I am warning you though, I have a lot of expectations of you,
I don’t care if you let me down and break my heart but only with these expectations,
darling, can I love you.

-Jahnavi Barua in Rebirth

he ran…

he ran
beside the
bus

he thought
he was
fast

maybe
he could
beat it

perhaps
he could
match it

until
he
realized
he was
running alone

his was
a young
boy’s strength

ready to
defeat a
running bus