A Walk Among The Dead

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A walk among the dead they took
Under dark skies waiting to cry
Archaic trees swooped to bend over
And the earth could’ve almost shook

Like dew drops on the back of her spine
As her large dazed eyes looked around
Rustling leaves beneath her feet
And oh, did you hear that?
Her heart
Skipped a beat

“Baba? What was she like?”
She asked of her
For the first time ever

A long hollow gaze stared back at her
Up she looked to meet it
A blink. Two blinks
She waited.

She clutched his hand with all her might
He held it back
Unattached
She looked at him and waited
And upon his straight face
Not a muscle swayed

They walked in silence among the dead
Among grisly thoughts and painful prayers
She feared but asked him nevertheless
“Baba? What were her last wishes?”

A somber face betrayed no emotion
They reached the desolate tomb
In silence so morbid
They sat pondering, yet thoughtless
Staring at the asleep
Falling. Sinking.
So so deep

A tear stuck in the corner of her eye
Longing for what was never known
Unawares, she felt a strong cold hand
Above her chest, under her chin
That instantly broke
Into the dew drops
From the back of her spine

The same cold hands
That didn’t flounder once
To stifle the neck that was now
Boxed in the grave

The grave they sat pondering
In front of, as the little girl thought aloud
“What really took Maa away?”

Addled, she tried to understand
Fighting the touch of the freezing hand,
And at once, she knew.
“Baba?” She thought,
“Why? But, oh why?”
With anger and despair
She battled for life
Against the mighty cold hand
That had something else in mind

Dark and lifeless he stared at her
She gazed at him
Swallowed by emotions
Of love and hatred
All at the same time

Although only a few moments
She had, to feel
The thoughts of a lifetime
Too much, too soon

She stared at Baba
Abandoned and deceived
While his crazy somber face
Remained but changed.

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All images shot by me, except for the last one, which was taken by Zainab Ashraf.

Outfit — Fab India

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