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The Death Song

written by: Rimli Bhattacharya

@rimli76

 

She wept as she sang,
Her favorite songs for them,
For all of them she thought –
Had loved her.

It wasn’t true,
She didn’t know,
She wept today,
There will be no cries tomorrow.

The pang of grief,
It was more than the muffled sobs.

It is raining tonight,
Her tears coalesced with the rain,
Her choked wails echoed around the four walls.

She pulled her bridal dress,
Tied her hair in a portentous bun,
The kohl and lipstick she wore,
She removed –
Her nails,
She chipped off.

Tears choked her voice,
Still, she sang,
For she loved to sing,
As she sang for all of them.

She was stupefied,
The pain hit her again,
The gaping wounds bled today,
As she sang the death song.

The sun will shine tomorrow,
The birds will sing in melody,
But not for her –

Tonight she sang the death song,
They all said they loved her,
They lied.

She will silence her voice forever,
For all of them who said they loved her,
It wasn’t true.

She warbled the saddest tunes today,
For the blues she felt were the hardest to play.

The death song,
She sang for the last time,
For those,
She thought had loved her.

Rimli Bhattacharya

Rimli Bhattacharya

Rimli Bhattacharya is a First class gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, an MBA in supply chain management. Her essay on mental illness in the anthology “Book of Light”, a nonfiction genre, was published with Speaking Tiger Publications, which created a furor in literature world. She writes for Several magazines, Times of India, Engineering Journals, Blogs and is also a trained Indian Classical Dancer, genre Kathak and Odissi.
She is based out of Mumbai, India.
Rimli has been awarded a Star Blogger by team Bonobology for her essay “Running a solo Marathon”.
Rimli Bhattacharya

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