For Aisha

Posted: Monday, July 20, 2020 by Stained in Labels:

डरता है रातों का अंधेरा 
दुम दबा के वो तो भागेगा जब आएगा सवेरा 
आसमां में सुरख तू बना दे 
 उस पल ही तो है ना दिन का बसेरा

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I’m petrified that you’re dying by design

Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2020 by Stained in Labels:

No one tells you that the hardest part about raising a child with severe health issues is watching her come back to life after she had stopped breathing...
I'm broken right now... but i'll be fine in the morning.

I’m petrified
that you’re dying 
by design
Waste every day
until you’re wasted and afraid

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Bharat Chauhan - Tu Hoti Toh

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Stained in Labels:

Hoti Toh 
Kya Hota 
Tujhe main 
ishq se zyada 
ishq karta 
Tu woh 
zeher hoti jise 
pe k main 
kabhi na marta 
Tu mere 
raazon ka bhi 
raaz hoti

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Lauv - Modern Loneliness

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2020 by Stained in Labels:

Modern loneliness 
We’re never alone but always depressed, yeah
 Love my friends to death but I never call them, I never text them

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Manchester Orchestra - The Silence

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2019 by Stained in Labels:

Little girl you are cursed by my ancestry
There is nothing but darkness and agony
I can not only see, but you stopped me from blinking
Let me watch you as close as a memory
Let me hold you above all the misery
Let me open my eyes and be glad that I got here

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The Only

Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2019 by Stained in Labels:

Talkin' to voices in my head
Because at least they're listening
Right here's an easy place to hide 
I'll stay in bed and shut the blinds

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You were good to me

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Stained in Labels:

And I'm so used to letting go 
But I don't wanna be alone 
You were good to me 
You were good to me, yeah, oh

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ILLENIUM, Jon Bellion - Good Things Fall Apart

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by Stained in Labels:

That night when we fogged up the windows in your best friends car, 
Cause we couldn’t leave the windows down in december

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EDEN - drugs

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2019 by Stained in Labels:

Till my chest is on fire
And my head just won't die
I guess I'm lying cause I wanna
I guess I'm lying cause I don't
Cause I just feel so tired
Like it's move or slowly die
You ain't you when you're like this
This ain't you and you know it
But ain't that just the point?
You don't know How to let go
Who said this must be all or nothing?
But I'm still caught below
And I'll never let you know
No I can't tell you nothing

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Tera Woh Pyar (Nawazishein Karam)

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2019 by Stained in Labels:

Raat andheri mein chhup rahe the 
Gum ek sawera dhoond rahe the 
Sadiyon se jaise jaag rahe the 
Pyar ko apne dhaanp rahe the

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There's No Way

Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2018 by Stained in Labels:

I wish I could make the time stop
So we could forget everything and everyone
I wish that the time would line up
So we could just give in to what we want

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Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 by Stained in Labels:

you know that I've been here times before 
and no one's watching 
you won't ever know, that's right 
you won't ever change my life 
you won't ever change my mind

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It isn't in my blood

Posted: Friday, April 06, 2018 by Stained in Labels:

Help me, it's like the walls are caving in 
Sometimes I feel like giving up 
No medicine is strong enough 
Someone help me I'm crawling in my skin 
Sometimes I feel like giving up 
But I just can't 
It isn't in my blood 

It isn't in my blood

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These days

Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018 by Stained in Labels:

I don't bother writing my poetry down so it gets lost as my memory gets distracted with life. So I'm using words written by others.

Three years of ups and downs
Nothing to show for it now
And I know it ain't pretty when the fire burns out
Calling me when I'm drunk, remind me of what I've done
And I know it ain't pretty when you're trying to move on, yeah

I hope someday
We'll sit down together
And laugh with each other
About these days, these days
All our troubles
We'll lay to rest
And we'll wish we could come back to these days, these days

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Ed Sheeran - Happier

Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 by Stained in Labels:

Ain't nobody hurt you like I hurt you
But ain't nobody need you like I do
I know that there's others that deserve you
But my darling I am still in love with you

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No Good

Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 by Stained in Labels: ,

It's nice to see the band Kaleo get the exposure they've been getting lately for their song "Way down we go" especially through the "Logan" trailer. I discovered them last year and got instantly hooked to their music. "No Good" is by a long shot my favorite song of theirs.

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Day Dream

Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 by Stained in Labels:


Draped in red
Amongst the crowd
Enveloped in love
An enduring limelight

Forever elevated
A burden exonerated
Mint snuffles
Floral daydreams

A conclusion long owed
Wrecked morose eyes
Unsteady arms
Remorseful pleasures

Those eyes
Hard to believe
Lost a heartbeat
An enduring daydream

- Stained

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On my way to find you

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2016 by Stained in Labels:

So bring the lightning, bring the fire, bring the fall
I know I'll get my heart through
I was on my way to find you
Got miles to go, but from the day I started crawling
I was on my way to find you

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Right now

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2016 by Stained in Labels:

The doctors believe that she's dying but we (and her therapist) see minor improvements. So the next time when we say she's doing okay... this is what we really mean.

I've been off social media (and the internet to a certain extend) for over 4 months now Was supposed to post the above across social media and then get back to being active but no such post has materialized cause the internet is full of self obsessed freaks and I just feel so alienated from it all. I guess the bright side is my online life mirrors my offline life...

Right now isn't looking too bright
Right now is where I don't want to be
Right now is coming to an end
Right now is the only place I belong

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Changing times

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 by Stained in Labels:

I recently got hired to photograph a previous gen Ford Mustang. My point of contact was in adulation of my photography style and kept raving about the pictures I had online. I was visibly confused since I barely had any of my latest work online. So I queried about the work he liked and he spoke about the pictures I'd taken around 6 years ago.

Over time I've matured into a photographer who depends less on Lightroom automated editing actions. Gone are the days of sephia toning and over the top post processing. I try to keep it as artless and reliable as possible cause it makes my work flow less muddled.

Thanks to this shoot, I had to retreat to those older times. I managed to navigate clear of the automation but sephia toning did rear its vintage obnoxious head. The pictures turned out as good as this summer weather would permit and the client seemed relatively content with my sweats. Did I personally enjoy it? Oddly yes. I had fun looking over my older work and revisit some of those old techniques. It felt audacious. Makes you recognize how mundane life is if such trivial thing thrills you.

That bokeh thou....

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