Poem: Concrete Dreams

Bricks laid upon bricks,
mortar holding them in place;
houses on top of houses,
walls inside walls inside walls;

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I sit on the bamboo chair in my room
and try to dream.
Bricks laid upon bricks,
mortar holding them in place;
houses on top of houses,
walls inside walls inside walls;
cacophony of car honks, modified bikes
screeching on nearby roads.


I shout,
and the concrete chew
my voice, my memories
and spit it right back
on my face.
The enchanting kingdom of wires and screens
lie scattered on my table;
have I ever been more disconnected?


Alexa, can you hear me?
Ask me something,
I haven’t talked for a while.
Or play me a song about love?
Or tell me what you think about life?
I have forgotten the way to my heart.

Author: Lirio

The author is a former I.T. professional hailing from Kerala, India. She writes online under her pen name ‘Lirio Marchito.’ Her write-ups mainly include poems, short stories, book reviews and blogs. She writes in both Malayalam and English. Her first book/poetry collection in English, 'The Blue Rabbit' was published by Writers Workshop, India in 2021. Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Blue-Rabbit-Joyce-Job/dp/8194998514/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58649315-the-blue-rabbit Publisher link: https://www.writersworkshopindia.com/books/the-blue-rabbit/

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