The silence is deafening,
The guests, friends and relatives,
Have come, paid their respects,
Consoled me with words,
Some close friends with a hug,
Leaving me to ponder,
On the impermanence,
Of everything in life!
She lies before me,
In an ice-box of sorts,
Her face has that angelic smile,
That sent hearts abuzz,
In high school as well as college.
How quickly does time fly?
It just seems like yesterday,
When two teenagers,
Squabbled over the merits,
Of James Joyce and Joseph Conrad,
Each calling the other a pretender,
Saying – ‘You have not read – Ulysses’.
‘You have not read Lord Jim’.
Debate after debate,
Culturals at various colleges,
We would be pitted against each other,
We would go hammer and tongs,
At each other, gung-ho on our arguments,
Raising points on topics,
As varied as child-abuse and state-sponsored alcoholism.
Somewhere down the line.
A spark ignited within and there was a lamp,
A lamp of love that lit,
Within our hearts.
I still remember that day.
Culturals at IIT-M – the rains arrived,
Without any warning.
She stood along with her classmates,
Sheltered from the rain.
I walked up to her and offered my umbrella.
She smiled, – ‘What Mr. Hero?’
And I said – ‘Yes, my lady!’
We walked in the rains, an umbrella,
That sheltered the two of us.
From Gajendra Circle to the Main Gate.
Two souls bonded together as one.
College flew by in a flash,
Both of us went on to become lecturers,
By a quirk of fate,
We started teaching at the same college.
God was kind to us!
The wedding went on without a hitch.
We grew old together seeing life go by.
Two splendid kids who have made their parents proud.
A life really well-lived!
And now you have left me,
All alone to battle my remaining years,
Just holding your memories,
In a way it is good,
For I would never be able
To fathom your sorrow,
If I were to die before you.
Now that you have left me,
What purpose do I have here,
I shall meet you soon,
In another world and time,
Where we shall have,
Plenty of time for each other!
All the time in the world!