step 1, step 2, step 3 and then again

she sat down-step1:

dance, dance;

crossed legs, slipper dangling-

step 2: pant,pant

and wavered at step 3

in its varied hues –

viciously intense, the couch cowering

under the dual assault

or mildewed and desiccated

like dried flowers

pressed afresh and sprinkled

with incense holy

or a delicate double-face

like slippery silk

nimbly flowing from one bank

to the other, every shade in between

eagerly drenched, smeared and spread…

she was waiting

for the doorbell

to ring in,

shove in a new idea

of her unslippered self

helped, yes, by the unnamed other,

late by a thousand nights


but she had

already exhausted,

smoked and incensed

every possible angle

of the inched-up nights

that stood erect, unmoving

against her wooden door,

the ex-haust.

P.S: Linked to Trifecta Writing Challenge (

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16 Responses to step 1, step 2, step 3 and then again

  1. Draug419 says:

    Lonely nights wouldn’t be so bad if we could think about them using your lovely words (:

  2. nice. Like the “inched-up nights.” memorable.

  3. steph says:

    The couch cowering under the dual assault.. nice. And, late by a thousand nights… so sad. Many lines I could repeat – that as a whole – provoke a beautiful melancholy.

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Awesome. There’s such a rhythm to this, like dancing. 🙂

  5. jannatwrites says:

    Beautiful language and nice rhythm to the poem!

  6. The dance, the wait, the inched-up nights. Beautiful, Rashmi!

  7. Annabelle says:

    Such lovely language (as usual). The middle passages starting with wavering at step 3 particularly got me.

  8. I loved the image of the couch cowering. Lovely.

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