Nimbostratus |12 metres & 17 metres per second

~This is a personal piece I felt like sharing. It is bursting with metaphors and enjambments and I wrote it in one-sitting, ditching the rhyme schemes I usually go for and just going with the flow of my thoughts, hence, this is a very raw piece. What I would really like is for you to tell me about the metaphorsΒ that you could identify, what they mean, and how you perceiveΒ the end of the poem. Also, Nimbostratus & 12 metres & 17 metresΒ per second are both the titles for this piece ( yes I gave it two names, I’m sorry hehe ) and hopefully you’ll find out why I chose them. Read along and tell me what you think about it! =) ~

Nimbostratus |12 metres & 17 metres per second

It hurts me.
It does.
Like a wound that never heals.
Like a cut that only bleeds.
Perpetual and throbbing.
The dull ache inside my
chest is like a shadow.
I can’t seem to lose it.
Like cold metal shackles ,
A heavy weight burdening my ankles.
I can only ever be consciously blind to it,
only in the darkness does it hide temporarily.
It pains me.
It does.

The little brother that I protect,
the mother that I cherish.
The father that I admire
and the friends that I love.
The closest to me feel so distant.
Like the snow in summer,
Like the rain in draught.
Like the land in ocean,
And like happiness in gloom.

They exist,
and they’re closer than they seem.
But in the grip of the ache and the tears that I suppress,
I lose their sight,
blinded by the emotions I resist.

The sudden trouble in breathing,
Might be a sign of approaching end.
The sudden surrender to silence,
Might be a sign of approaching end.
The sudden sensory-overload,
Is a sign of approaching end.

But how fast is it approaching?
17 metres per second.

I sigh.
Giving up to this unseen enemy is not the choice I’ll make,
Is what I’ve thought for so long.
Days, weeks. Months and years. So long.
But at this moment,
My eyes drift to the ground below,
Exactly 12 metres away.
The terrace floor feels rough under my bare feet.
The wind is as cold as it
is before a nimbus explodes,
vanishing and washing you away with it.

But I am no nimbus, am I?
I’ve never been the dark one,
I’ve always been a stratus, spreading thin over the years.
Spreading thin to forget the things I witness.
Spreading thin to protect the ones I love.
Spreading thin to cover the scars I aquire.
Spreading and spreading.
Thinnner and thinner.
But tonight, blanketed in the starry night sky,
Bathing in the pearly moonlight.
My metamorphosis ends at nimbostratus.

The cold wind is my birth mother,
So I let her cradle me completely.
17 metres per second.
12 metres away.

-Megha Bhartiya, InkSoakedSoul πŸ’œ

©️Megha Bhartiya,

Photo Credits – Pinterest.

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    Girll, this is damn good!
    Probably one of your best pieces, hands down.
    Firstly, I loved the free verse, and the flow of thoughts, gosh, it’s so amazing. Brilliant.
    Choice of title, absolutely genius.
    This hit a bit too close to homeπŸ’•
    Lovedd thisss.
    Back with one of the best, MeghaπŸ’™

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  2. Okay! So I want to say so much but right now I just fail to choose on the best words to praise your extremely profound and marvelous piece of writing.😍
    Megha, darling, this has my heart!!❀
    Seriously, how do you even get such exceptional ideas and even if you do how do you perfectly portray them??
    I am in an awe of this charismatic poetry!!❀😍❀
    This is art and you are, trust me, one of the very few artists whose name will go down in history! Believe you me, You’re a legend!! πŸ˜„β€
    Hats off to you!! *Bowing down in praise and applauding*πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. Oh dear.
      Believe me when I say I wrote this reply and then deleted it twice because words fail to express my gratitude and love for you.
      I never knew that I’d end up making such a beautiful friend through wordpress but I sure am glad. You are one of the few people whose words remind me to keep on writing, because I value your thoughts so much.πŸ’œ
      Thank you so much.
      Like… Literally… THANK YOU SO MUCH! Even the caps lock doesn’t potray the strength I want to put in these words! πŸ˜‚

      A poet is only ever what her readers percieve her writings to be, and with such an amazing reader like you, I’m one of the luckiest self-proclaimed poetess out there.
      Lots of love and warm regards to you, Riddhima! πŸ€—πŸ’œ

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  3. Oh girl!!
    You are magical!!β€πŸ€— Tell me your secret! How do you send me so much warmth and sunshine and smiles and everything good??πŸ€”β€
    You are, trust me a friend I’d cherish forever and in fact, choose over the ones I’ve spent years with (physically).😍❀ You know, sometimes even I fail to understand how come, without ever meeting you, have I developed such a strong bond with you. Maybe because you are the beautiful soul you are. And then, you are one among those readers who keep me striving. THANK YOU for all the love, appreciation, motivation, friendship and affection you’ve showered upon me. ❀❀😘❀❀


    Lots of love and hugs❀❀
    The girl whom you’ve given hundreds of moments to smile(ME)!😊❀

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      This comment went straight to my heart omg. You have no idea how many times I’ve reread this and I’m absolutely sure I’ll come back to this on days when I’m sad. πŸ’œ

      Damn, you never fail to make me smile! =)


      Can I just say how absolutely lucky I am to have found you? I mean seriously, I literally talk about you to my friends at school. You make me happy, genuinely happy.

      I love you loads, really. It is amazing how we’ve come across each other and I’m more than glad about our friendship! It is something I’ll always be thankful for to WordPress.
      Thank you so much for sticking around with me =)
      I really wanna meet you face to face someday, I think we’ll get along super well!

      I hope you stay healthy and happy! ^o^

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  4. Oh God!
    I wanna reply but I just can’t think because I just can’t stop smiling!πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š
    But you know what?
    I won’t say anything but would just send you Loads, oh no, a plethora of love, hugs, cuddles and more love, hugs and cuddles!!πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—β€β€β€β€β€β€
    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!❀❀❀❀❀❀❀😘😘❀❀❀❀❀❀❀
    May all good things find their way to you!β˜€πŸŒΈβ€πŸ˜Š

    A friend who’s grateful for your friendshipπŸ€—β€

    PS: You have my heart girl!!❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀( Like all of themπŸ˜…)
    I’ve never sent these many Emojis to anybody here( You now know how special you are!!❀❀😘😘)

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  5. HELLO M!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I know, it has been a ‘long time no see’ situation for me on WordPress. But I really want to compensate my time of not being in here for so long and this piece of art gives me the perfect opportunity to ramble out so, disclaimer if you are standing, sit down while you read this because I am going to ramble a lot and I do not want you to get tired.


    They were heart-touching and brought an ear to ear smile on my face because I feel so glad to have a beautiful friend in this virtual world, we may physically not know each other but the sense of emotions in those mails made me so overwhelmed.

    I am well and on this planet Earth, fortunately but I still hate the Marvel Studios for killing my favourite characters( Too Much Information, I guess)

    Honestly, I am feeling a drift from writing since a long time however, don’t you start worrying about that because I believe I am coming back soon.

    And, second of all, YOU SERIOUSLY MESSED UP! I mean, like you earlier said in your chat with Riddhima, caps cannot define the vigor of my emotions however, you messed my brain with this piece of art, your words are like a violin pulling my heartstrings every time I read something from you but this is down rightly, a masterpiece, a piece of art that resonates with me so much that I am feeling overwhelmed.

    I believe free verse is the most raw and the most beautiful form of poetry because it is not the sound of the words that is beautiful, it is the radiance of emotions oozing out from those words and I don’t know if I have said this but your writing has that power of imagery to transfer someone into that particular setting.

    Trust me, it is like one of the few qualities I crave for as a writer.

    This piece hits home because I resonate so much with this piece, the yearning in those words, a bittersweet sense of abandonment in the room full of people you love, not that you love with them any less but the kind of monochrome emotions you cannot help but feel.
    The last verse is my favourite part of this piece.

    I hope I have done justice to the unveiling of your metaphors.

    Both the titles for the poetry are gorgeous and I don’t think I can choose one.

    I must say, this poetry reminds of a beautiful song, it is a Korean song. It is called “Jamais Vu” by BTS. I don’t know if you like songs in a foreign language but since music is something above a language barrier, I hope you listen to it sometime.

    A beautiful piece of poetry!

    Loads of Love,
    Enigma :) <3

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    1. Okay okay okay omg omg omg I swear I’m overwhelmed as I’m writing this.


      Firstly, I had just finished sending you a second contact mail right when your notification popped up.
      Secondly, Okay THIS IS CRAZY but omg I was literally listening to “Jamias Vu” on lope while I was reading your comment and girl I freaking wheezed and squealed out loud when I saw you mentioning it.
      Can you believe this coincidence!
      This is amaJIN. (. ❛ α΄— ❛.)

      Can I just say how absolutely devastated I am ( in the good way) that my poetry reminded you of the masterpiece “Jamias Vu” by BTS!? I felt like crying when I read that ( in the good way again hehe). πŸ˜­πŸ’œ
      Also, you’re absolutely right when you say, “Music is something which is above a language barrier”. Preach that!
      “Music transcends language” as Namjoon says.
      ( Ν‘β—‰ ͜ Κ– Ν‘β—‰)

      Let me just say this very honestly, I missed you. I missed your downright stunning writings, and your sweet valuable comments. You bring with you such a talented, intelligent and sincere vibe . I look up to you! ( κˆα΄—κˆ)

      I wait for you to post content, I wait for you to read my work because your feedback is always one of the best, because you always look at my work like it’s art.

      Ah I can’t even begin to say how genuinely happy I am to see you back! =)
      *starts sobbing*

      I’m glad you read my mails. I was wondering where you were and how you were doing, and believe me it’s absolutely fine if you couldn’t reply! I’m just happy I could make you smile! ☺️

      AND OH DEAR, the way you’ve unraveled my metaphors in this piece shows exactly why I look up to you ; you’re brilliant.
      Absolutely, unarguably brilliant at what you do and an intellectual at that too. You don’t just read, you understand, you comprehend and you feel. 😊
      I think one of the best traits in an author isn’t just being a good story teller or writer , but in the end, being a sincere reader as well and you, my friend have mastered it. And indeed, free verse is the most beautiful and raw style of writing as you’ve said.

      Your interpretation of my piece is the most accurate and wonderful one I’ve read yet and yours is also THE most beautiful comment about my writing. Thank you so much. πŸ’œ
      Lemme rephrase, THHAANNK YOUU SOO MUCHH! πŸ’œπŸ’œ
      Ah, now that’s much more fitting to the gratitude I owe you!
      I am so thankful to have a friend like you and your love and support!

      Lots of love and virtual hugs your way!
      -M πŸ’œ

      PS. I’m waiting for your next post. Come back soon! =)

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  6. First of all, are you an ARMY? Second of all, ARE YOU AN ARMY? I never anticipated that, I am JungSHOOK.

    I missed you too and thank you for showering me with those compliments but I have a long voyage ahead of me.
    I look at your work like its art because it truly is M! Trust me, the pleasure is all mine to read your works because I can never resist a good poetry.
    I truly hope you write soon!

    Keep Writing!

    *Returns the virtual hugs and love with equal intensity*
    Enigma :) πŸ’œ πŸ’œ πŸ’œ

    PS: I purple you!
    PPS: I just realised that smile on your profile picture is contagious. If that picture is yours, I must say you have a radiant smile.

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    1. First of all, Yes I’m an ARMY.
      Completely JungSHOOK! πŸ˜‚

      Awie I PURPLE YOU TOO! May your long voyage ahead be extremely wonderful and fulfilling!
      Fighting E!

      PS: Hehe if you’re smiling like I am in my profile picture then it’s worth it! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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