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The Ripple Effect

I am numb—

Serene sea.


One walks in and

Offers condolence—

A drop that sends ripples

Across me.

Then come the tidal waves

Of reality

Crashing against my being.

I attempt to reply

But tears rise and choke me.

I inhale to calm down.

But the stormy sea knows no bounds.

I go under—

Drowning the illusion of restraint,

Once again.


I turn to hide

Lest the world may see

What a wreck

You have made of me.

Wait until the numbness returns.

And I’ll, again, be the serene sea.

Photo by Joshua Qualls at Unsplash


I am an Instructional Designer, avid reader, small-town woman and working mother with a fish-eye perspective. I have just published my first book, The Forest Bed and other short stories. If you like my stories on this blog, feel free to Like, Comment, Reblog and Share. You can reach me at or through my Facebook page

8 thoughts on “The Ripple Effect

    1. Wow! John. Thank you. I have not lost the person via death but my divorce 12 years back…it did the same to me. Specially since I was crazily in love with someone who didn’t love me enough to have married you. Not that I blame him anymore. Life has taught me to become the serene sea, Until…

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