How to be Shady

Walk around in sweatshirts that fit your boyfriend

Arriving for a lecture, your classmates must question

If you’d been down with dengue, or better yet,

Who the hell is that person?

Sing passionately while you walk down the streets

Stare back at those who look at you

Don’t post on social media, but stalk

All those who splash their lives onscreen.

Haunt places no one goes to, gaze lovingly

At the dull glow of your laptop.

Earphones must be plugged on at all times.

Avoid eye contact. Widen your eyes.

Get semi naked at home and groove

To songs by artists who’ve committed suicide.

Write a bit of sorry poetry –

Sleep with a sinister smile plastered on.


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