When I Saw The Monster in You…

Avishek Sahu
September 4, 2017

Writing so well, I thought I had it all cut out
To go on some far, thinking not about being put out
Till I realized a part of me was looking for some succour
Not from money in the wallet, not from a date with a hooker
You seemed so calm, talking about the worldly stuff
Not one to small talk, not one to leave off in a huff
When the pressure would just mount, asking you to pay the price
For being a small-town gift, for being such understated spice
That was when I thought you had a monster sleeping in you fast
Keeping an eye on motion, also an eye on things that last
It was a day in the sun right after a stormy dreamy night
When I saw the monster in you smile at me like you own me tight

The boys all around you never seemed to find the dealings fun
When the edge in the air didn’t make me sing you on the run
It had to be that way for wasn’t I warring with a double-edge
With a cigarette in hand, dropping droppings on the building’s hedge
Then wasn’t I smart, to know the stuff that was troubling you
You had to get this far, and you couldn’t do that just walking through
You needed trust as a must, and you couldn’t throw that all nonchalantly
You needed space from the lust, and you couldn’t spurn that space malevolently
That was when I saw, all the blues that you had to iron out
Sitting in the cold, with that evil grin and dismissive pout
It was a day in the sun right after a stormy dreamy night
When I saw the monster in you smile at me like you own me tight

2 Comments

  1. Sir, this is just an amazing piece filled with resplendent lines. I read few more from your book ‘View from the Left’ on kindle. I specifically enjoyed reading ‘A hooker for a President’ and ‘For a sister and a friend’. It inspired me to write and think more creatively. Kudos to you Sir.

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