Lies by Bharath Upendra

An abstract metal face whose shadow to the side has a long pointed nose depicting it to be a liar
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You try and let go but I hold on to your hands, fingers intertwined, tighter. You pull with much greater force than my heart can shelter and I leave you, at once. It’s not physical, but an emotional force that pushes me away from you. I walk forward in that inertia, following the feelings as they draw a map that leads to you. The roads are deserted, houses abandoned and it is you probably, who caused an exodus. The air reeks of sorrow and neglect, fueling mental suffocation and conscious degradation of my courage. This town has a tone of morbidity only you can bestow. There are no trails, neither a footprint to follow. Where have these people gone? Why do these memories feel real? How can dreams become people? Why does your presence take away their lives? It’s all a lie. And hence, I lie.


Bharath Upendra considers himself a regular Joe who unapologetically talks about the usual and obvious. Writing to him is like an uninvited guest who still hasn’t left and to whom he’s gotten used to anyway.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bharath is a master when it comes to writing about the mind, heart, and the poor soul stuck between both. Physical or emotional separation can lead the mind awry causing it to spiral out of control and frantically search for ways back to the familiar. I really like how the turmoil is likened to a deserted town with a ghostly feeling. I guess I look for beauty in painful places and this piece delivers it wonderfully. I do not lie.
    Congratulations Bharath!

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  2. There’s that drawn, to those things we’re, not supposed to love, and we know it, but we can’t help ourselves, because we feel that strong pull, and once we get into it, we can’t, get ourselves, back out again, it’s, truly, dangerous, not knowing ourselves inside and out, before we fall in love with another being outside of our, selves.

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  3. Thank you for the feature. You are the best.

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  4. congratulations Bharath. Love your work always! 💖👏👏👏

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    1. Thank you, ma’am. :9

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  5. jonicaggiano says:

    What an absolutely beautiful piece of writing. Your words caught my attention immediately and held my heart. To me it feels like someone stuck in a relationship that wants total and complete control, taking even your friends and finding fault. A person who is no longer walking in a place that is theirs but instead has become what this other person demands, and is therefore lost. Congratulations Bharath. Big hugs, Joni

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