Once an endless….

Once an endless night ago
we flung stars weaved in gold
across the expansive sea
Oh, how they crashed and burned
flames, unquenchable

Once an endless night ago
there was a you and an I
we were everything
and nothing at all.

© Aanchal Gounder


A universe of…


A universe of atoms, that I am

I feel it, this wanderlust.

This unabating need for something

more, something otherworldly.

I hear it beckon the fire which slumbers

and I can feel this immortal soul, restless

clawing its nails against the bones of a foreigner.

© Aanchal Gounder


I am a…

I am a casket
brimming with bones
silent, cold, lifeless.

I am a walking shadow
the thoughts in my head
I grasp, they slip, I feel nothing.

there is no coming back.
Hollow, drifting, falling.

I am not even a whisper.
A sigh forgotten.

© Aanchal Gounder

Winter walked into…

Winter walked into Spring
teeth bared, Spring raged and roared
but then
Spring stumbled
Spring fell, knee-deep
down the rabbit hole Spring went
Winter laid cold lips on sun-drenched meadows
encompassing every bloom, every tragic thorn
Winter had just begun
a thousand winds, brutal, northerly
sending shivers down the spine of every forced breath, crystallized
Winter, oh, sweet reckless Winter
barefoot you trail across worlds forgotten, seasons squandered
shattered fools, how they all fall
to watch you rise.

© Aanchal Gounder