Heroine

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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again
Of the stony path way and the pretty garden
I dreamt about the time I spent there
Memories of which are now a burden

I was a stranger in that big mansion
Every single article there reeked of you
Nobody pointed a hateful finger at me
But when I looked into their eyes, I knew

An outsider to them I always was
An outline of you but poorly sketched
I could not break the walls around them
In their heart and soul, you were already etched

I survived with the hope that you'll be gone one day
And that all your things would become mine
Your invisible magic worked in such a way
That when they did come, they had lost its shine

From the housekeeper to the pesky neighbor
They tried to find a part of you in me
I was simple and nothing like you
What I actually am, they did not want to see

I did not want to be your second fiddle
And yet I was reduced to one
I came here with the man I love
But to call mine, I have none

When the truth broke out
I felt such immense joy
I then thought everything shall be fine
But I just walked into another of your ploy

Oh Rebecca, what is it about you
Why is your presence still so strong
I'm the protagonist and still unnamed
I wonder where exactly did I go wrong

You took it all away from me
You were the ultimate heroine all the while
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again
The one which is now reduced to an ash pile

Rebecca - The book that refuses to leave my mind and soul. A review would not have done justice to the book. Last night as I struggled to sleep, I don't know why I thought of Manderley. And its unnamed heroine. I tried to put it off my mind but it refused to leave. The result? Here it is.

12 comments:

  1. This is just super. To put an entire book like this. Amazing. Rebecca is one of my favourite reads. It's such a coincidence just last week I did a post on the 'unnamed heroine' from the book and read the book yet again.

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    1. Thank you Tulika! Your post caused me to dream about it.

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  2. Mysterious and sensational. An ode to Rebecca and would love to know more about her.

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  3. Wow! This has got me intrigued. Haven't read this book yet but it's been in my TBR list for far too long now!

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  4. Wow!... This Poem transcends beauty. It's magical. No doubt you are one of the best indian bloggers :)

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  5. So so beautifully written Soumya..this should easily be one of your best posts!

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  6. I haven't read the book yet. Looking forward to it :-D

    By the way, loved your disclaimer :-p

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