The Night Bus


By Shaily Agrawal

I took the night bus
draped in my wedding sari,
still adorned with the jewels
my parents had scrounged for me
over the years,
breaking their tender hearts
for raising a daughter unworthy.

I sought you
and the answer to
why I wasn’t enough for you.
I hope, they wouldn’t
cremate my body
before I reach you.

“I’m working-from-home mother and a small-town woman with a skewed perspective. My stories write themselves.” – the writer

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