Simple Defeat

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Your eyes have been marred with numerous shades of pain for a long time. But today, they ache more than ever.

 

A little boy scribbles his dreams on tiny little paper boats and sails them away. As you stare at him, the sight brings back memories to your mind and triggers the pain buried inside you.

 

You sit there with a cigarette in hand, trying to smoke this pain out. You look deep into his eyes, wondering how different they are from yours. He catches your gaze and hands over a blank paper boat to you.

 

While he fills his boat with the dreams sheltered within him, you hold yours idly for minutes together. The layers of pain within you are unable to fill the blankness of your boat, and the blankness in your life.

 

To cover the emptiness, you peep into your past and try gathering the pieces of all that you have lost. But past acts like a void now; the more you look in there, the deeper you sink. And there seems to be no end to it.

 

You keep your boat in water and decide to sail it away.

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The little boy is overjoyed at the sight. Maybe he is unable to spot the fragments of broken dreams in your eyes. Or maybe he can see pain parting ways with you. Both of you silently watch the boats sail.

 

Two tiny sheets of paper carry away the essence of two pairs of eyes; his being dreams and yours being pain. His dreams expand and your pain dwindles. Things no longer hurt you.

 

There were days when you ripped yourself apart to vent the pain out, yet nothing changed. Because sometimes, pain demands a simple defeat.

 

Sometimes, all you have to do is keep sailing your boat.

 

You do not know if your boat will find its way to the abode of joy, but watching it sail throws your pain out. And that seems to be enough.

 


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