Ah! Can I…?

Descending from the marble stairs

Diving into this fast pacing world

My eyes caught something,

A glimpse of the little me…

Posing happily in the photo frame,

Flashing my bright white teeth,

Hair disheveled but still beautiful.

Her shiny black eyes held mine

And I swam into them and kept staring blankly…


The old pic was caked with dust

I wiped it with the hem of my shirt

Suddenly boomed a voice within me…

Can I clean myself like that?

Free my mind from 

The wicked thoughts gambling there,

Save my soul from sinking

Into the deep thick waters of sorrows and sins!


Can I brim my heart 

With pious purity again…?

Can I curl my lips

In that true innocent smile…?

Can I steal those childish looks

Hooking into someone’s eyes…?

Can I breathe freely and 

Seek pleasure even in the littlest of things…?

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Can I chase my shadows like that…?

Can I sit, akin to a queen

In my mother’s lap…?

Can I climb that swing again 

And zooooooon…. I slide down!

And let my cheerful laughter

Echo majestically all around.

Can I get back that colour in my cheeks

Instead of the streaks of tears…?


Oh God!

Can I

Can I…

Can I…

Just feel that girl again in me!

Letting my childhood surface, creep and bounce back into me!


 ~ Bhavya Malhotra

46 thoughts on “Ah! Can I…?

  1. Beautiful and a compelling thought penned down in such a majestic way so that it finds the way straight to the heart😍😍🎉♥️
    Awesome clicks!!🤗😘😘

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  2. Wow BHAVYA
    That cute pics really match your cute poetry
    Every child miss his/her golden childhood in which case we are free to do whatever we want but when we grow up we gain a lot of responsibilities towards almost everything.
    Ah! Those days!
    Those moments!
    I miss them too!!!!!😌😌😌😌😌

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  3. This struck me like a thunder because similar were my sensations too when only recently I was going through my childhood photo albums. Such a wistfulness for those carefree days echo when we watch our old days back like that… And as for the question if you can, I think each of us has a child within us, the child of, in fact, our own childhood. We never let that go, just mute it more or less. The question is, will you turn little Bhavya’s volume up now?

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  4. This had me thunderstruck because only recently I was going through my own childhood albums and underwent the very same sensations you’ve versed here. As for the closing question, I believe that childhood child is ever present within us. We just have it muted to various degrees, so I suppose the question should be, are you going to turn its volume up, Bhavya?

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  5. What a wonderful poem!!!! If there was a poem which could describe the word “nostalgia”. This would be it. 💙💙💙Loved it. And the images too 😂😁👍

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  6. Can’t explain on whether you can become that frisky childish girl again or not but for sure you’ll get a fair amount of opportunities to pursue everything.!!
    Amazing references!!♥️

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