Cinderella Song by Arunima

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The bell rang and I woke up

To the sound of my alarm –

I’m back in my own bed

And the routine begins again.

I wish my life could pause

In moments when I’m happy,

In moments when my heart smiles

And during those days when I knew

That tomorrow will still be ours.

Look now,

I feel like Cinderella –

I had my ball,

I had everything

But it had to go away

Because the clock struck 12.

And I ran,

I ran without looking back

Knowing that maybe there will be

No more of this,

That maybe it was just a moment,

That I didn’t deserve any more

Because I’m not good enough.

Poor Cinderella, they’d say

Poor me too –

I got so close

Yet never close enough.

Time passed like it always does,

And I could see myself return

To who I am

(Which was never perfect, but that’s okay)

I wish I could pause or rewind –


Time can’t be stopped

Because that’s just how it is –

Distance, time, no forevers

And a twisted sense

Of a hungover happiness

That makes tears flow,

That makes the heart a little hollow.

I chased the lights,

I chased the road that led

To where I left my heart.

But time, oh time –

It’s gone now,

Over and out

And I’m left singing

This Cinderella song.

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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