Gnawing Time

Someone died while coming to work today. We work in the same place, although I don’t know him. And even as I write it, time hangs still in the air. I’m unable to push this memory of a person I never knew to the past tense.

With every minute I feel time gnawing at my toes. I start and bend over. People watch me with twinkling eyes. Somewhere the tut-tut of regretful co-workers. And the pressing deadline drawing near.

My pages are quite blue today. I stare at blue phlegm as I write. But it wasn’t like this in the morning. I was my usual sleepy self, dragging my feet around the fountain, filling water in my bottle, drinking some, re-filling, and praying for the day to end. For tomorrow is Saturday, and I shall have a long, long night with myself – I thought – doing something I like.

But the still air stings me now. For I feel I’m living on borrowed time and someone I may not know might be paying for it.


Hi, I'm Sampurna and I'm from India. I love to write, paint, and play with my dogs. Catch up with me at Halfastory's Blog. Happy reading!

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One comment on “Gnawing Time
  1. packosix says:

    yes. today just made me hate a few people a little less. today made me realise that tomorrow may never come. today i spelt out grateful in big bold letters in my mind. today i tried forgiving myself…

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