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12:00 AM, October 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 06, 2018

The Paradox of Reality

I woke to the sound of a storm--

The Wind howled like a wounded animal,

Violating the trees. The leaves danced in a manic rhythm,

Branches swished to a primal beat: the mighty thunder.

As I rubbed my sleepy eyes, thunder growled

And it all stopped.

For a moment, just a moment

I could hear it. I could hear the heartbeat

Of the universe - lub dub... lub dub

Everything else faded into nothingness.

There was no reality, no virtual reality or anything

No worries, no pain, no rush.

It was a moment that stretched into infinity....

And as the heartbeat continued to drum away,

I realised it was coming from me.

This ludicrous loud noise, earth shattering piece of serenity--

Was mine! It was my heart beating.

From the adrenaline maybe, who knows.

But all I knew is this:

I am the universe, the universe is me.

This storm, is also a part of me.

The trees that ramble like frightened birds--

That's me as well. It's all connected, you see.

That dream you have while you sleep,

Leaving you tired when you wake up,

And you sigh 'what a dream'

And go back to your usual mundane life;

What if I told you that's another reality

A reality lacking colour, of course.

And when you rise, you dream in colours!

All very confusing you see!

So I decided to go back to sleep

As the storm continued outside my window

I closed the curtains and closed my eyes.

Or should I say 'I woke up'

In a colourless reality.


Monisha is a third year student doing her BBA in Accounting. She loves writing, travelling, practicing martial arts and petting cute dogs.

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