Secrets stashed away in the folds of the clothes
Like pieces of jewellery to escape a thief’s eye
Vows imprinted on the walls
Alongside photo frames and stains of sweet and sour soup
Intrigues hatched behind doors
While at a game of hide and seek
Tears spurting out like water from municipal taps
When brother betrays you to mother
Laughter rising like dust and departing from the window
To the rhythms of father’s stale jokes
Anger stamped hard into the floor
As the maid pounds fiery-hot red chillies
Gossip whispered in the corners of one room
only to be retched out on the floor of another
Forgiveness rolled out like a Yoga mat
To obey the slogan
Blood is thicker than water.
You are welcome to my home.
I can neither enter nor exit.