Nerisha Kemraj

Nerisha Kemraj resides in Durban, South Africa with her husband and two mischievous daughters. While poetry has been a love since high school, she began writing short stories in 2016.
A lover of dark fiction, she has over 150 short stories and poems published in various publications, both print and online. She has also received an Honourable Mention Award for her tanka in the Fujisan Taisho 2019 Tanka Contest. 

Nerisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University of South Africa. 


  The curtains draw 
 to a new moment in time 
 And only footprints mark your presence 
 You're gone again 
 The open windows 
 invite new rays of the sun - 
 an attempt to warm the coldness 
 you left behind 
 The birds sing your name 
 a little too loudly 
 drowning out the ticking clock - 
 awaiting your return 
 As I wear this cloak of patience 
 for a short while longer, 
 the burden of it 
 buries me deeper 
 into the turmoil underneath my skin 
 The night welcomes your arrival, 
 while the light dims within me 
 You're unable to see as I suffocate 
 under the weight 
 of it all 
 And then, 
 another call, 
 another reason 
 for you to leave 
 You're gone again 
 And here I remain 
 sinking inside myself 
 until there's nothing left  

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