A new normal

The streets are silent now.

They no longer pulsate

 With the chaotic throb of life.

They do not groan anymore

Under the onus of avaricious

Or over-anxious humanity.

Yes, the cacophonic din is ebbing.

It is retreating into

The inky gallows where it belongs.

But, nowadays…

Even the wind no longer rustles.

It does not rage anymore

Like a petulant, demanding brat.

Now, it whispers past on padded feet,

Almost silent in its subdued cautiousness.

The new dawn that breaks now

Creeps up mutely

On the canvas of a cornflower sky.

The dulcet tones, the cadent chirps

Of the birds ring out, and yet,

They too are not raucous.

What is wrong?

Are we in mourning?

Is Earth dead?


The Earth is not dead – not yet!

I believe it is recuperating,

Languidly coming to life under

The aegis of a ‘New Normal’.


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What do you think?


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  1. The Earth is beautifying herself. Whatever damage we did she is recuperating from it on her own. When she is. Completely healed we will feel the surge of energy within us and that day will bring in a New Earth Day💚🙏🙏
    Beautiful Sonal🥰

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Written by Sonal Singh

Sonal believes that life is a repertoire of anecdotes strung together in a colourful array, like a beaded necklace. The various situations that we encounter, the many incidents of every day, make life a melange of tales and conversational tidbits. And, that is what she attempts to capture through her writing.
She is passionate about writing and is a contributor to several online literary forums and platforms. Her poems and stories have been published in several anthologies.
Sonal is the recipient of Asian Literary Society’s Gitesh Biva memorial award for 2019 and the Prasanna Jena memorial award for 2019, for literary excellence. She is also the recipient of the Orange Flower Award for Parent Blogging for 2020 and emerged as a finalist for the Orange Flower Award for her writing in the arena of LGBTQ+ awareness, also in 2020. In Feb. 2020 she was awarded a certificate of literary excellence by the Asian Literary Society.

When not writing, she manages her HR consultancy business out of Mumbai.

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