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
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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