The Reply

Written By

Ananya Chatterjee

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I apologize.

I never intended sticking out

like a striped speed breaker

as you were gliding from

one milestone to the next

I confess I loved your zest

Secretly kissed the wind in your sails

It gave me a new high

And I wanted nothing more

than being a bystander

clothed in anonymity.



Destiny though must have had

its own whacky sense of humor

I see you therefore kneeling before me

Entreating a lifetime of company.



This is all I have to say.



Look at me. I am real.

All flesh and bones. No angel here

A lot more flesh than bones I fear.

There is no legend to be unearthed

beneath my stretch marked skin

and sun burnt face

Look at me. These misshapen eye brows

promise no solace.



I apologize. I am too real.

Not the woman of your dreams.

But with your head pressed to my chest

My blood whispering against your ear

I could make you worship reality.





Ananya Chatterjee is a 36 year old software professional working in Kolkata. A gold-medalist in Computer Science, Ananya has always been passionate about writing verses. She is the author of the Amazon bestseller, The Poet & His Valentine, a collection of verses. Another Soliloquy and The Blind Man’s Rainbow are her other books. She was the winner of the Ekphrasis Poetry Contest at the National Poet’s Meet 2015. She has been awarded Certificate of Merit as part of Reuel International Award for Literature, 2015. Ananya also worked as a translator for the poems by actor and poet Soumitra Chatterjee, published in the book Forms Within. She lives in Kolkata with her husband and two children. To find out more about her works, please visit

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