Monday, 17 December 2018

Separate windows



If I lived somewhere close enough to you
I'd go round in the evenings, yes I would -
watch the stars pin the sky to your window
if I lived near by in that neighbourhood.
Sometimes we'd play at checkers or ludo,
reminisce over the old carrom board.
But we'd mostly idle. Nothing's left to do
but sit with you, beyond all games and words.


Oh, don't you think I'm a romantic type -
I know the exact count of miles and years
that keep your windows separate from mine.
Diverging's an intrinsic part of life,
the lights that pin your sky aren't in my sphere,
neither the neighbourhood, nor the starshine.

12 comments:

  1. Such an evocative piece.
    'the stars that pin the sky...', and the comfort of being with someone where words and action is unnecessary.

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    1. The best kind of silence, imho. Thanks for being here.

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  2. sit idle...just be. I read this a few times and it gets deeper each read. Excellent.

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    1. Just be...the most difficult thing to do. We're always wanting the distraction of action. Thanks.

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    1. Sorry about that - no sadness intended. Not written from a place of sadness. But reader is king and each interpretation is valid of course.

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  4. What a beautiful poem! It contains a haunting sadness, a nostalgic sense of loss... but also a pragmatic side. That was then. This is now. People enter and leave our lives all the time, but we're allowed moments of missing them. Even if we aren't romantic...

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    1. Yes, a sense of acceptance and calmness. That's where it came from. Thanks for reading.

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  5. Hm. Why do I suddenly feel like I need to close my blinds more tightly at night? :)

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    1. Too many peeping Toms at your end? :)

      Pleased to see you are better!

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  6. When I used to sit with my father in the years before he died, we would sometimes just sit without talking, and it was okay.

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  7. Love this one too!

    "Diverging's an intrinsic part of life,"
    Painful... unavoidable at times, especially when life takes loved ones to different parts of the world.

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