Today is the day
I sigh, perhaps I am relieved?
I stare with bleary eyes
At the exam hall with the cracking plaster, standing stolidly.
I can visualize all the pictures of the toppers
That would appear in the posters after some days
Suddenly I can see the corpses of the failures swimming before my eyes
The foundations of this exam hall are firm upon these corpses,
These failures, lost in history.
I want to feel cheerful; I want to feel relieved
I want my heart to open up to the world
Is this the aftermath? Is this what I wanted after the exam?
Bent back, dark half-moons under my eyes, my brain heavy with the questions
I couldn’t answer in the exam
Breath hissing through my nostrils as I think of appropriate answers
When people ask me, with smiles that make me want to shrink back,
How was your paper?
I look up at the sky, my dreams now lost in its fold
My tears lost in the eager paper discussion going on outside the exam hall
My mind mechanically calculates and recalculates my marks
My body sinks into the rhythm of the routine
As I move with an artificial vigor and soon
I am an unknown me
I turn around, try to find myself but I am lost somewhere among the corpses
I want to feel anything at all- angry, relieved, sad, cheerful, worried;
But there is nothing
Except an empty heart.