Totem

You showed up
as if the world I lived in
post your disappearance
didn’t exist,

only to vanish again,
creating a crate
of insidious pain
submerging my existence
into a delirious abyss of darkness
where the sun
the moon
and all the celestial bods
are sucked into a large ball of dark fire,

yet I resurrected
for the grit within me
had an epiphany to realize
how you never defined me
and the totemic semblance
on my soul
led me to a world where I survived

Copyright © Shantanu Baruah

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