The hugs alternated between tight and light.
There were times when it choked me tight
At other times it was just a quick touch, a mere caress almost like a breath
In places, it warmed me that made me feel wanted and safe
At others chilled me to the bone, sending shivers up my spine.
There were times, they spoke to me saying I am here for you
Sometimes it pushed my horrified mind away
At times my heart raced at others it calmed
I cried some and chuckled more
At certain times fast at others slow.
There were times, it took me to other worlds
Often it was closer home
There were times, I felt I couldn’t breathe
And others it took me into its dreams.
As I placed a bookmark to mark my space
And abandoned it for the night
The words therein continued to engage, envelop, heal, ruminate
And I wait to pick the book up the next day
As my tryst with it is unbroken.
Chandrika R Krishnan