Choices

shops here and there
guilt, sorrow, some joyous ones open shutters
kids strewn around whose travelling glances
choose, get mesmerised
wondering what really to gaze at
parents make the choice

a couple crosses the street

holding hands, reminiscing
browsing and browsing, window
shopping
three storey stores selling memories
on discount, rolling up posters of a sale
housewives cluster at their gates

in the by-lanes carts drag around misery
men in soiled shirts come with coins
while on buildings billboards glare
at everybody with large smiling faces
photoshopped and printed
selling an unknown future

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