Same Mistakes

Same Mistakes

Written by Nandini Sethi


Engulfed in a warm embrace,

By the lake, on the green grass,

The horizon seems a touch away,

And everything else seems too far to discern,

But I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Arms entwined, legs tangled together, 

I craned my neck to get an upside-down view of you,

Knit eyebrows and pinched lips,

Apple cheeks and rough stubble. 

I said something I don’t remember,

Only recalling your laugh and your smile,

That won’t last long, kind of like our favourite song,

That over broken-down speakers, 

Stops to play. 

I remember this picture so vividly:

A girl engulfed in a warm embrace, 

By the lake, on the green grass,

Craning her neck to catch a glimpse of a man,

Who walked out before,

On this same exact day,

And knows he will walk out again tomorrow morning,

When the moon has set and reality kicks in.

She’s aware, she’s familiar, 

But in the throes of her loneliness,

She allows herself to make the same mistakes,

Just to feel a temperamental bliss for one moment again. 


Nandini Sethi
Nandini Sethi

Sometimes dolefully insightful, sometimes plain distressed state of mind, but always love. I think there’s a bit of love in everything we write. 

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