In Retrospect

Between the dusk and dawn

midst of shallow breaths

I was holding a bit of life

from where I saw flashes 

of heaven and hell.

On the outskirts of a dreamy sky

I danced with rainbow colours.

The dais sparkles with lightning

but the cloudburst dropped me

like a thundering despair

where I lost between 

some said and unsaid words.

© Maaya Dev

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About Maaya Dev

Maaya Dev is an Indian based poetess and an economics graduate. Her poems have found place in several national and international anthologies and journals like Episteme, Criterion, Langlit, Anthesis, Eternal, Wings, Forever, Change, The Significant Anthology, Aquillerelle Wall of Poetry Book 5, Umbilical Cords, Kaafiana. She is a winner of Delhi Poetry Challenge – Kaafiya Contest 2015 and a short story winner Seasosn 1 at StoryMirror. She is a contributor at many reputed poetry sites and won few poetry contests. She is also conferred with the title of ICOP Critic of the year 2015 at Destiny Poets UK( An International Community of Poets). Her debut anthology ‘SHIMMERING CHIMES’ got published by AUTHORSPRESS Delhi, in Sept 2015.She blogs at

4 thoughts on “In Retrospect

  1. amitapaul

    Admirably brief, this poem is remarkable for the power and skill with which the poet has sustained the extended simile of light / enlightenment and lightning amidst mention of twilight, flashes , cloudburst , thunder, rainbow and sky on the one hand and life and loss on the other.


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