Love by Scrabble is a short story. It was selected as the second place winner at the Write India contest (Season 1) sponsored by Times of India for the month of November 2015. The short story was published in the winner’s anthology available on Amazon. The link to the results of the contest is here.

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

THURSDAY

Kiran was having coffee and browsing handbags online when her phone buzzed and a new notification message floated on her screen. It was the Scrabble game alert.

Varun_007 played COLD for 37 points.

She smiled weakly. Varun, of course. She hadn’t returned any of…


monsoon —
the scent of wet earth
rains down


ebbing tide —
I return the shells
to the sea


mirror lake —
some apples too high
some too deep


summer heat —
a bird flies towards
a lone cloud


engine trouble —
the cab driver swears
in Hindi


before the concert
I rinse the sound
of my voice


mirror lake —
I throw stones
at the clouds


Indian summer —
cuckoo drinking from
a horse-trough


summer holidays —
I wake up
to the crow’s call

Manoj Arora

SEBI Officer. Screenwriter, storyteller, poet. Loves chai.

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