Locked in My Mind

By Radhika Agarwal

A woman in the corner,
Sat motionless on the floor.
… They called her my mother,
But I’d never seen her before.

I was taken to my home,
By other unknown faces.
But the rooms full of memories,
Were to me just empty spaces.

I woke up one morning,
To a stranger not too strange.
His eyes teemed with pain,
But his expression didn’t change.

Long after he was gone,
I sat staring at the ceiling,
Trying to make sense of
The turmoil I’d been feeling.

And when I closed my eyes,
I could almost recall,
The stories they kept telling me;
I almost got past the wall.

Yet the sky was too cloudy,
And the fog too thick.
The streets were too crowded,
Enough to make me sick.

As months passed by,
I lived on aimlessly.
A mere forgotten shadow,
Of the girl I used to be.

And there were times when I
Almost unlocked the cuff.
The key came close to the lock,
But it was never close enough.