Of Edited Pictures and More

She is holding a tattered notebook, close to her heart. A few pages stick out of the spiral bound black book. The letters are fading. Each time it rains, each drop, washes away some more of the pages scribbled with blue ink. She glances down at it from time to time.

He is holding a broken guitar. A small guitar with a string taut and the others hanging loose. He runs his hand over the metal body and then sighs. Biting his lip, he leans over and plucks a chord. The sound makes him twist his face in disgust. He keeps quiet, holds the guitar down and waits for his bus.

She is holding an old camera and a few photos. As she looks down at the rainbow-coloured images that she had once clicked, it takes her back to the happy times. But a moment later, when the rain comes pouring down in a torrential downpour, she forces herself to look away from the pictures. Now they mean nothing to her but blurred Polaroids.

He is holding a broken record player and his favourite pair of dance shoes. He looks at them and feels everything and nothing simultaneously. He feels desperate, almost to go back to the very world he had created with them. But then, he looks away and tells another tale.

I stand there, faking the same smile that I had been long holding on to. But the corners of my lips are starting to hurt. The smile is giving away and I can feel the tears pricking. The bus will be here any moment, I say myself and fake the same smile.

When the wheels screech in front of us, we stand up and take a deep breath. Each one of us walks ahead and boards the bus, leaving behind the things we had brought along. I drop my smile; she forgets her notebook; he leaves his guitar; she abandons her camera; and he walks away without his dancing shoes.

Our pictures are no longer real. The camera will lie from here on. We are nothing but blurred Polaroids and films without our dreams. We are nothing but the images found in the recycle bin. The colours may be brighter, the hues may be sharper, but all we are inside are edited pictures, drowned in black and white.

The bus takes off and we leave a part of us behind.

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11 thoughts on “Of Edited Pictures and More”

      1. haha, yeah, study first! Take your time, no hurry. Just make sure to come up with story books rather than text books, after all you are going to learn so much in these upcoming years. 😉 Anyways, best luck for your studies for now. 🙂

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    1. Don’t we all have a moment like this in our lives? The one where we have to leave behind the “real” us, and leave behind the things we love doing. The bus represents life and all the commuters are people like us who’ve sacrificed things to go ahead in lie.

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  1. Nice work. Really pulled me in. I could not help but think about all the people I’ve met on city buses over the years. I remember one man who looked at me while I was riding the bus in Allentown, PA. He said, “Do you like blue?” “Excuse me,” I replied. “Do you like the color blue? Your coat is blue.”

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