The air shared by a city.
Crumbling, but slowly, like a ruin, a flower – like time.
I speak of the walls, bleak and dreary.
Of memories exhaled at midnight,
and footsteps retraced, every evening
I speak of the beauty in the failure to come home on time,
or to never come home.
I speak of a struggle to persevere through time,
and rise again.
I speak of accidental sunsets that can never be preserved
of the same faces on a train every morning
of a light switching off at 11:23 pm – every night
I speak of the beauty to feel everything
or nothing at all
Manan Kapoor was born in Shimla. He graduated from Panjab University in 2015. His debut novel, The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky, released on 18th April 2016. He discovered his love of reading devouring the works of Orhan Pamuk, Milan Kundera, Agha Shahid Ali, Amitav Ghosh and Jhumpa Lahiri. He currently resides in Chandigarh.