Loss by Nupur Nair
Saying this does not make me believe it,
But denying it does not bring you back.
Although, I know I’ll keep trying,
I knew that I would meet grief in this lifetime,
Although, I didn’t expect you to be the mutual friend that introduces us,
Its walls may be strong enough to cradle your magnitude,
The walls down here have cracked from your unapologetic boldness,
Earth was never ready for you, for your sincere honesty and raw complexities,
Your presence did not leave us with your body,
How can something as cowardly as death wash away your existence?
I am still in the process of understanding its tongue,
Although not as sharp as yours, it is magnifying,
It is built with your rigid sternness and tough love,
These walls insist their shadows hold every molecule of your presence,
And while I deny them both,
These tears insist I don’t.
Condolences by Nupur Nair
To fill our paper thin silences,
They were used by acquaintances,
To fill their sweet condolences,
They masked their sympathies,
To reveal their forced sorrows,
These are the words I stole,
To invite our hopeful tomorrows.