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Updated: Oct 19, 2023

To watch age deteriorate and weaken the strongest persons you’ve known, is never easy. The slow suffocation caused by Time leaves us all gasping.

​“Grey” by Manognya Bethapudi is an attempt at catharsis, an attempt to dissect feelings and to process them.

Cover Photo by Ravindra Patoju

It was slow

Black and brown became grey

Laugh lines became deep creases

march became a tread

And you became alone

Two became one

A hollow shell of one

Curious eyes leached colour

Spry shoulders sagged under the weight

Of dragging your stars through the night

Full arms, fallen wide

I watched from the side

As your eyes clouded with age and grief

As your hands reached out to hold ether

As you held your pieces together with pain

I watched from the side

As they erased your reds

They took away your yellows

And blanketed you in white

I watched from the side

Another pair of eyes

In your deconstruction

In the unpacking of your essence

And I was silent

I was complicit in this violence

I saw everything

but never through your eyes

It was fast

It was too fast

That you were left all alone



This contribution won the third-runner up in the Poet’s Carnival 2021.



This contribution is photographed by Ravindra Patoju.



This poem is available in paperback & ebook.

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