Rift by Bharath Upendra

The black silhouette of a hooded figure standing with hands in pockets and a question mark above the head and two arrows pointing horizontally in opposite directions
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The night sky looked sickly with tiny spots all over. A pale white mole dominates the canvas, like an infected bump that has always been there. It pervades the mind as I close my eyes, ferrying myself into a world far away from the one I inhabit. The hard ground, prickly grass, and a scathingly gentle breeze caressing my soul locked inside a flesh cage. The longing for freedom never seemed to cease; being chained by customs and fashions worsened my vagaries, only intensifying the desire to rebel against the reality I still held dear. As I walk among people, even though I disbelieve, with people who disbelieve yet walk with each other thinking they believe in something; the collective illusion and a mass delusion legitimize themselves, masking our faith with a universal identity.
A universe in perpetual chaos, a chaos falling into order, the order losing its stability and the pandemonium permeating into consciousness that struggles to sustain volition. I’m rendered motionless by multitudes of desires, trapping me in a state of perturbation and rebellion constantly battling one another.


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.

You can find more of his writing at Bharath’s Banter where he speaks his mind and writes his heart.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bharath’s words are slick with wisdom, please mind your step before you take a tumble. The mindful and the mindless, walking together, often merging into a zombie like figure. The constant dilemmas of life that never leave one. How much is too much, what should be enough, is there really a standard of living that gives the optimum pleasure? Questions that have no reliability of their own. Answers that tend to limit while the goal is to explore. I sign off with a deep breath.
    Congratulations Bharath!

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    There is so much truth to this piece. It often seems that we are in a constant state of Chaos. What do we do to unhinge that state in which we all feel a bit of craziness? We see the changes in the world and know so many decisions that we must live by we don’t necessarily agree with, yet what choices do we have that would not land us in jail. A simple protest, even if organized with all the proper permits, can end in violence. My way of dealing is walking with God, even if I don’t do the best job. I try my hardest too, but your prose describes the feeling I have many days. Great write. Have a blessed rest of your week.

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    1. Agree with most of what you said. You too, have a great week.


  3. Isha Garg says:

    I love the reflection of inner turmoil in this piece.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. michnavs says:

    Congratulations on this beautiful piece Bharath..it is filled with wisdom 🌹

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    1. Thank you Mich. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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