Priyanka Srivastava

The Exhibition of Sadness

the door is open.
walk in.
search in the exhibit
pick what you want
but don't ask the seller
about the memories.

today's garage sale
is to buy the medicines
for the sick child.

don't ask the mother
who is scraping the pot
for leftover rice.
don't ask the father
who is counting money
to pay the bill.

don't ask about the child
whose paintings are there everywhere
because he is in the hospital
waiting for peace.

the door is open.
walk in
and pay what you want.
for that painting of rainbow
hidden behind the clouds.


Priyanka Srivastava is a writer based in Singapore, her poems are often about her life in India and Singapore. When she is not lost in words, she loves to read specially non fiction books. She also loves to play with colours. Instagram and Twitter: @notyet100