The Charade of Masked Friends
by Brundha Reddy
I lived, once upon a time.
Then, sorrow was a crime.
Happiness was found in the mundane
And incapable I was, of feeling pain.
All my friends stood beside me.
As is,everything would just be.
Few were my questions,
Hidden were my expressions
But every gear was in place.
Every stranger I did embrace.
I played my part in the show,
Timely I felt the spotlight’s glow.
Then one day I felt a mighty blow,
Another step I could not go.
Everyone stepped back
I wondered what I lack.
People who had parts of my soul
Didn’t bother to stop and console.
My love walked on without a care.
I had cared far more than I should dare,
I had been benign far too long.
Carelessly I had fallen in the throng.
I reached out to all those I loved
But none lent a hand ungloved.
I pulled myself up all alone
The truth was finally known.