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Shreyank Gupta

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India
India
I'm a poker, I'm a stalker, I'm a Poor Joker; I get my lovin' in the pun.
November 6, 2018
Pune, India

Books and relationships

While cleaning the bookshelf ;
I look at all the books.
Some bought, others stolen
Some borrowed but never returned.

Some I got because the title
Looked interesting
For others - the cover.
Paperbacks and hard-bounds.

Most I hadn’t read.
Some, I started but left
In between;
A few I had read completely.

And I couldn’t help but notice
As with books, so with relationships.
How many did I quit reading,
Still looking for closure.

I  never continue a book I left off;
Never looked back.
Always in anticipation of the next,
And the journey that’ll unfold.

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WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
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January 7, 2018
Pune, India

Jen

There you stood
Infront of a bunch of bags
I would keep talking to you
And you would to me.

And I would keep wondering
That if I should turn the phone
And there you would be
Staring at my face.

We shared a lot
More than anything normal
Yet more normal than anything
And anything more than normal.

It has taken root
Just like a plant
It had found earth
And it flourished
But only to be uprooted;

And then there was a hole
Is the plant still alive?
Alas, there is no way to tell

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ROSE QUARTZ
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April 2, 2017
Pune, India

I was happy alone,
Before you came along.
Now, I'm happy still.

So it's not about happiness;
It's the one who came along.

Because
Happiness is a state of mind.
But you,
You are a state of being.

Here's to being,
Being with you.

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LETTRS BRIGHT
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The Captain and the Mate.

Sailing together
We find one another,
As in the Grand Scheme of Things
We are but mere strangers.

Where am I coming from,
And where she's headed;
She seems lost and I seem to know the way.
We exchange directions.

We share experiences -
Happy and sad, Ecstasy and tears.
We taunt and we shout.
We laugh and we dance.

Where is this taking us?
We wonder and we talk.
I seem lost and she knows the way.
We exchange notes.

And when the storm comes,
One of us plays the Captain.
The other becomes First Mate.
Haha, Too late.

And then we sight the shore-
Dry land with Lush Greens.
"Full steam ahead", said the Captain.
And the chimneys blew steam.

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BLUSHED
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June 27, 2016
Pune, India

You never know..

Love comes in all shapes and sizes,
In all colors and tones,
In all sounds and music,
You never know. 

In some cafe or cold theater,
Horror or some gory show;
Next moment you walk hand in hand,
You never know. 

The love you have been throwing around,
Should you give up - you ask yourself;
Then someone catches that special catch,
You never know.

Lanky Lady Luck, 
Scarlet lips, and a ton of cheek. 
That warm hug would save your soul,
You never know. 

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DOUBLE BUBBLE
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January 31, 2016
Kolkata, India

You were, you are, and you will be
I am nothing. 
I'm here till I am, then I'm gone. 
But you will remain. 
Until forever. 

So whatever makes you happy 
Is what I want. 
Whatever makes you sad - 
I will kill. I will destroy,
To ensure your smile. 

Together we are for this moment. 
This moment I shall treasure. 
You shall, amongst other treasures
You collect in your eternal life. 
Then I'll be a little part,
Of your collection. 

So whatever you want 
Is what I want. 
For you I live. I love. 
I exist to serve a single purpose -
To ensure your smile. 

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STRIPE ME A LOGO
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September 16, 2015
Pune, India

She

She wouldn't let me sleep
She couldn't let me wake
I would try, I would cry
And she would let me be.

She would cover you
She could kill for you
You think she would let you die;
But she wouldn't.
She couldn't.

Then I would be free
Then I could go fly.
And then I wanted to;
But with her I would be tied.

I was tied to her body
And I would be tied to her soul.
I wanted to flee;
But suddenly I didn't anymore.

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PERFECTION
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August 14, 2015
Pune, India

Where the mind is without fear - II

Where the children of men live and let live,
Where dignity isn't traded like a market commodity 
Where freedom is valued higher than power, Or money, or pride. 
Where women can feel safe
And the children laugh and play freely
Where terror is restricted only towards imaginary demons. 
Where those who were elected to represent don't dictate what we should wear,
Or watch, or eat. 
Where men don't hate other men on basis of faith - or a lack thereof. 
Into a future that feels open and bright 
Into a dream that seems almost unachievable. 
Into a tunnel that promises light at the very end 
My brothers, let us March ahead. 

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INDIA
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June 3, 2015
Pune, India

The Crash

Crashing down in a spiral
You let yourself fall
On auto-pilot.
You have the option of a manual override.
But would you touch the console?

The spinning makes your head buzz
Or is that the radio ?
They ask if you need help.
Maybe let them give you directions
But would you answer ?

You see the ground looming ahead
Miniatures growing in perspective.
An impact would be loud for an instant,
And then the Eternal Silence.
You pull the lever, but is it stuck ?

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IN FLIGHT
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May 12, 2015
Pune, India

So many questions-
Unanswered.
Like open books,
Waiting to be closed.
Like an opening parenthesis ;
An open quotation
Never closed.

So many stories,
Incomplete.
The open-ended conversations
That never ended.
Like lingering thoughts they wonder -
Waiting to be finished.
Waiting for that resolution.

QUILL CREATION
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April 29, 2015
 

High lie

Riding this pheromones' high
Above all other mere mortals
I fly. Up in the sky.

Even if I were to die,
At this moment
I would love to end this lie.

The life that is a lie.
A white one, nonetheless
It tells you what you want to hear;
Oh my.

What's better to die, high,
Not knowing the truth, but
Choosing to believe the lie.

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LETTRS TEAL
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April 20, 2015
 

I long for a touch.
A brush of comfort.
A support to lean on.
I want a crutch.

Is it not unnatural,
To ask for support;
To ask for contact,
Is it too much ?

Maybe because I've been a lone so long.
Maybe I've cried too much.
Maybe it is asking a lot,
To ask for a touch.

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WORD ART
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April 13, 2015
Vikasnagar, India

I look beside me, hoping to find you. 
But you're not there. 
I see the sun tryin' to play 
Hide and seek 
Between the pointy hills. 
And I wanted to show you this;
But you're not here. 

The dry river bed flows by
Full of white stones and pebbles. 
Although it might seem sad,
When it would rain, I'd imagine 
It would be alive again. 
And I wanted to tell you this;
But why would you care. 

A monkey hurriedly runs by
To get to the other apes
Across the road. 
They don't seem to have a care 
For forlong humans passing by. 
A tunnel makes my world dark; 
And you're not here. 

BAGS PACKED
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April 2, 2015
Pune, India

Diff

It's different this time.
This time you feel the same,
As do I 
You want no different- than I do. 
You want this to work 
As much as I do. 

When you wanted more,
I wanted less
When I wanted more, you never did. 
And now it's time,
This time shall be ours;
We'll make the most of the hours.  

CHEERS TO LOVE
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March 28, 2015
Pune, India

What is Love?
Baby don't hurt me no more.
Relationship, how does it set sail ?
Is sex intercourse?
Or merely helping each other arrive
Where does an open relationship close ?
What constitutes cheating?
Where are the rules?
When is it okay? to be okay
Is this a date, or  are we just friends ?
Am I getting lucky tonight?
Is there a trend?

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ORIGINAL
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March 4, 2015
Pune, India

Indemnity

The wait which is so long.
The weight that is too heavy.
The hate which told your lies,
They state your indemnity.

We never did foresee
This far down the street.
We looked right around.
We saw what we could see.

We danced in the rain
We swam in the sea.
With water all around us now,
We swim;
Or should we let it be.

The night that is too dark.
The light that I cannot see.
The sight which fails me now,
They sing your indemnity.

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WRITERS
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February 28, 2015
Pune, India

Chumbak

I and she, we were magnets.
We would attract as intensely as we would repel.
Our dissimilarities would bring us close,
And out similarities would push us apart.
Our polarities is what keeps us going
Our singularities would set us apart.
We would stick to other shiny objects.
Not not as strong as you would have thought.

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LOVE OF WORDS
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February 21, 2015
Kolkata, India

The road.

In the end- when I'm done, I'll die.
But till that time, I'll try, I'll try.
The road's ahead, the milestones fly by.
The journey's great- you can't deny.

The people you meet, they say -Hey, hi!
The ones unfortunate that say Goodbye
Some travel with you, some pass right by.
Some block your way; some sigh, some shy.

Which way I'm going- I hope I knew.
Which Land, which Sea, which Mountain Dew.
Wet in the rains, the summers' dry.
I ride, I swim. I run, I fly.

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ANCHOR
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February 20, 2015
Kolkata, India

The Door

This place seems  familiar,
Looks like I've been here before.
The anxiety, the apprehension,
Just before things start going sore.

Again and again did I avoid this road;
The twists, the turns- the final detour.
Being lost would have been preferable,
Than finding myself outside the same Door.

OPEN HEART
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February 19, 2015
Kolkata, India

Leave me be - v2

Leave me be.
Leave me be.
Let go my hands, and let me be
Free.
I've tried to fit in
I've tried to sit within
I've tried to be
Someone who's not me.
I've spend years
And months and days;
I've tried different ways.

You've set me on fire
You've watched me burn.
You've seen me in bed,
And watched me turn.
Now take my hands
And lead me to the sea.
And leave me be.
Please.
Leave me be.

I did as you asked
I toiled as you tasked
I followed you around
Even when you didn't want me.
You could see me cry
But you didn't even try;
I was standing right infront of you
But you were too blind to see.

What would I have not done
To be with you
What would I have not given
In ...

WRITERS
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February 17, 2015
Kolkata, India

Leave me be - II

I did as you asked
I toiled as you tasked
I followed you around
Even when you didn't want me.
You could see me cry
But you didn't even try;
I was standing right infront of you
But you were too blind to see.

What would I have not done
To be with you
What would I have not given
In exchange, for you.
And now you come back,
Say that you missed me.
Is that the same you ?
Is this the same me ?

The feelings have all faded
Like a shirt too old.
The glitter is all gone
And the fire is now cold.
Would you still stay ?
Wish I could wish you away.
And drowning I would ask you,
To Leave me be.

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INTELLECTUAL
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February 7, 2015
Pune, India

The loop

I don't care for love anymore; 
I've grown to love the absence of it. 
I've loved and lost. And loved again. 
And I hate to say, I'm tired a bit. 

I've made mistakes, and I've suffered for it. 
I've lost my way and I've travelled so much. 
I've climed hills and I've crossed rivers, 
Swam oceans, almost drowned; and such. 

I won't say that I don't long for a touch. 
Happier days; like the ones that were. 
Maybe, today isn't so much fun.
But quiet isn't bad; that's for sure. 

I don't care for love anymore...

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LOVE
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February 5, 2015
Pune, India

Exchange

It's all about how far
You're willing to go. 
And how much you're willing to give.
And what you expect 
Might not what you get,
Like what you gave was upto you. 

If all you've wanted was so easy to get
Would you even want it
In the first place. 
So what you gave was all you could
Maybe you had more 
But not for this. 

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WRITERS
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January 28, 2015
Pune, India

Is it me or is it you?
That tells me what to do.
Will you teach me, dear
The trick behind not shedding a tear.

A lie or a hidden truth,
Is that what makes you brute?
Is that why you don't show fear?
Of what lies ahead, and what lies near.

Where am I, and where you be.
What you hear, and what I see.
Whatever is it that you so hold dear;
Is it me, or is it your fear?

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GLITTER AND GOLD
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January 26, 2015
Pune, India

Leave me be.
Leave me be.
Let go my hands, and let me be
Free.
I've tried to fit in
I've tried to sit within
I've tried to be
Someone who's not me.
I've spend years
And months and days;
I've tried different ways.

You've set me on fire
You've watched me burn.
You've seen me in bed,
And watched me turn.
Now take my hands
And lead me to the sea.
And leave me be.
Please.
Leave me be.

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QUILL & PARCHMENT
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January 16, 2015
 

Insomnia.

Why can't I sleep ?
Maybe it's the coffee.
Or maybe it's the weight
Of opportunities.  
Of likes and dislikes.
Of love and loveknots.
Of ties and freedom.

It's just the coffee...

I still cannot sleep.
Maybe it's 'cause I woke up late.
Or maybe, it's the possibilities
And possibilities beyond.
Of what ifs and what nots.
Of certainties and uncertainties.
The future beckons.  

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COFFEE
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