Left With Questions…

The police came

The postmortem done, pregnancy confirmed

Relatives poured in

Neighbours gawked

Leaving us wounded with multiple Whys.

Visions of…..

You as a chubby baby,

You as a naughty toddler

You as a moody teenager

You in the cusp of womanhood!

Were we strict?

Were we bad parents?

Were we unreasonable?

That you chose to keep your affair a secret?

The thoughts torture me as I turn and twist in my sleepless state.

You must have been lonely

You must have been afraid

Stabbed by the man you loved

And left bleeding to death!

I wonder what your last thoughts were

Did you even think that the father who

Could push all your demons away when you were a girl

Would have stood by you even today?

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Written by Chandrika Radhakrishnan

Chandrika R Krishnan likes anything that begin with a ‘T’: talk, teach, Tell tales and Tea!

A Bangalore based Indian writer, her 200 odd published articles, poems and stories are as eclectic as her reading and are mostly experiential. Her articles and poems have been published in various online and print media. Her stories are featured in four anthologies. She was adjudged first in Wordweavers Drabble contest 2020 and been recongnized in various platforms. She has been shortlisted thrice in Strands international flash fictions. To read her articles visit:

Lies, Letters and Dirge of the Placid Lake

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