‘The Love That Didn’t Last’ by Arunima
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‘The Love That Didn’t Last’ by Arunima

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Two steps ahead
Then I fall back four.
I get distracted often,
But for how long?

They’re not you.

I look for you
In the eyes of other men
Hoping to see someone
Playing the piano
By the moonlight
Better than you did.

I’m told it’s wrong,
I’m told to move on
Yet here I am
Listening to ‘The Moody Blues’
Like you wanted me to
Four years ago.

And I hate time
Because our’s is up –
No warning,
No goodbyes
Just like that,
One day I wasn’t
Enough.

I know this needs to stop.
You couldn’t love me whole
Back then.
How could I expect you
To love me now?

And probably, it’s an illusion
Stuck inside my head.
Of rains I hated
And beer bottles
In a park.

First dates
First love –
But you couldn’t
Make it last
Long enough.

About Post Author

Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.
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