Lost Hope


A spark of emptiness instigates fire in the forest. I feel the heat on my skin; there are voices, screaming and crying but nobody to be seen. I see footprints in the ashes and my trail, covered in flames. I move on.

Following a highway on which I now walk naked, overexposed and shamed; Oh, how they stared! I’m dressed in scars invisible to naked eye; they keep me warm no matter how cold the night. I see buildings. Vivid, made of glass, devoid of life and people around.

I turn back, walk to the forest, back into those ashes; away from the civics, far from those eyes, to be forgotten, in search of life.

A land torn down, reduced to heap, of ashes and despair and the once blazing fire, now a kindle, awaited my presence. I turned around to the sound of fluvial; once a gushing stream full of life and colour now a monochrome of blood red.

Everything dampened but my search for life still afresh. A question gnaws and nibbles from within “Will I ever find the life I look for or die on a futile quest?”

On my last glance, I found a poor lone seed: all alone in this selfish world, just like me! I plant that seed in a corner, where life still had a hope and there came the clouds, raining down below.

I smiled at the sprouting seed. Within a period, it was a full blown tree and the habitat grew. What was once a cinder, is now a land fertile. Birds sang, animals thrived and trees giving life to what survived.

I now knew, “My hunt was futile, all I needed was to look inside.”


In collaboration with Nawazish.

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Nathi says:

    Brother I love this! Even though the title is β€œLost Hope”…..it ends on a hopeful noteπŸ˜‰

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    1. Hahaha the ending isn’t mine

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      1. Nathi says:

        I know but the title is yoursπŸ˜‰

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  2. There will be sunlight soon.
    Weather changes. Unless you’re residing in Antarctica!

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      1. Go.
        Antarctica would be glad to meet someone as cold as it isπŸ˜…πŸ˜…

        But when Antarctica comes to realize that you just say things and from inside you’re a tender soul then?

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        1. Arey! Okay that was a good one. Sucker punch. πŸ˜‚ I am not as cold as you think.

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          1. Hey but that’s exactly what I said.

            I know you’re tender at heart.

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            1. Of course dear student!

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            2. Thank you ma’am.

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  3. I wish you were the one writing the last paragraphs where there was hope.

    Do you see a lesson here, you little obstinate kid? See how he said all I needed was to look inside.
    Plant a seed and see there will be rains someday soon if not instantly.

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    1. I looked inside and it’s a long and cold night. 😎

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  4. Brilliant piece Bharath. I am simply bowled over by its depth. Just now commented on Nawazish’s post too. Kudos guys to both of you πŸ‘β™₯️

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    1. Thanks ma’am. πŸ™‚

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  5. Anushk@ says:

    Bharathhhhhhh!!!!!!

    This is amazing. If I’m not wrong the upper paragraphs are yours and the second half is of Nawazish?!

    Incredible you both are and extraordinary this post this✨
    Saved!!

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    1. Hahaha! You know me. πŸ˜‚

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  6. asthaisha says:

    Beautiful 🌼😍

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  7. Awesome, I like this particular genre a lot. Abstract and Imagery. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ˜ƒ

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  8. Loved this collaboration.

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    1. Thanks secret lady.

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      1. You’re welcome nihilistic heart.

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        1. Ah ! I missed this. πŸ˜‚

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          1. Of course you did πŸ˜‰πŸ€£

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  9. A celebration of life. So beautifully presented by you both.

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    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  10. Oh, Bharaaaaath. This was beautiful!
    Well done, the two of you.

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    1. Thank you shwetaaaaaaaaaaa

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      1. You’re welcome, Bharaaaaath

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  11. HappySoul says:

    The hope but was from Nawazish? 😊
    Great collab you both 😊

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    1. How do you know????
      Thanks. πŸ™‚

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      1. HappySoul says:

        I planted a seed, the harsh sole of a sapien, brought the fragile sprout flat back on the ground.. a voice unheard, broken, it died a painful death …
        This would be my expectation of your kinda end .. and so my guess.

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        1. Hahahahaha okay I wanted this to have a positive ending. πŸ˜‚

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          1. HappySoul says:

            For a change! πŸ˜‚

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            1. Not gonna last long. πŸ˜‰

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