Ma chérie

I called her up from
The phone booth outside
The water seeped and wet my toes
An allusion to my thoughts
My fingers – numb as ever
I wondered how warm it’d be
In say,  Manila at this time
With a rhythmic pattern I punched in
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A beep, a sound and then some static
I sighed and pushed in my last penny
This time I must get through
I did but it wasn’t meant to be –
The number must be wrong,
For the woman who picked up
Said no ‘Cherie’ lived there.

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I looked down and read
The number once again
And then, suddenly
With a flash it hit me –
She’d  given me a false number
‘Of course, I should’ve known
Coz oh, how distracted she was
When I asked her for her number
And the way her eyes flitted
To the guy across the room
The one in the red button-down
He caught her eye, a smile they shared
And as I called her name again
She looked back to me,
Jolted back to reality
And half-heartedly, she
Drawled 8-8-1-2-4-1-0-6
Oh, I should have known
She did not like me back
‘Coz one, that guy was hot
And two?
I was just another girl.


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38 Comments Add yours

  1. Anagha Yatin says:

    Unrequited love. Its painful. Wonderfully narrated.

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  2. Anchal says:

    Beautiful and sad at the same time. Loved it.

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    1. Thank you Anchal! 🙂

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  3. Ila Varma says:

    Loaded with emotions n loved the last line.
    #MyFriendAlexa #ilaenjoys #Blogchatter

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    1. Thank you so much Ila for appreciating 🙂

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  4. I know it is a sad poem but it made me smile. I smiled because I liked your narration and perspective. Thanks for normalising a taboo through your poetry. #surreads #myfriendalexa #blogchatter

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I think this is a topic often overlooked by mainstream fiction. Glad you liked it 🙂

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  5. Priyanka Naik says:

    Lovely! The last line packed a punch!
    Your poem aptly describes the state of unrequited love, gender unbiased.

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    1. Thank you Priyanka – I am so glad you liked it 🙂

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  6. MeenalSonal says:

    Words swaying in your wonderful poetry with a depth in meaning.

    Cheers
    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts
    #MyFriendAlexa #MeenalSonalReads

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    1. Thank you Meenal – glad you liked it 🙂

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  7. Lovely poem.
    #sindhureads #myfriendalexa

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  8. sujatatawde says:

    Hey Sonal . So many emotions pouring in few loaded words. That’s the power of your writing. #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your kind words of appreciation – means a lot!

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  9. I really liked the unusual ending. Well written Sonam.

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    1. Thank you so much Nidhi 🙂

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  10. Deepti Menon says:

    That was a real twist at the end! I loved the way you built it up! Kudos! #DeepTiesReads #MyFriendAlexa

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    1. Thank you Deepti! I am so glad you appreciate my writing 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Puspanjalee 🙂

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  11. indian beauty secrets says:

    So much said in a few words

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  12. Disha says:

    Alas, a broken heart is better than one-sided love story. A good read.

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  13. roysashwata says:

    Loved it

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Sashwata 🙂

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  14. Abhijit Ray says:

    Nice post. Most likely she did not like you. If you are a girl, why are you phoning her so desperately? May she does not want your friendship.

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    1. What do you mean “if you are a girl, why are you phoning her”? What does calling have to do with gender?
      And it’s obvious she realized that after the wrong person picked up the phone at the other end… Unless she called, how would she know?

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  15. vidhya29 says:

    Its amazing!! #Myfriendalexa #viddhreads

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