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14 April, 2005

For a little boy

Little boy, don't fall out of love
with me.
That I'm growing old is no fault of mine.
I wanted this face to stay smooth as
could be
I didn't want it disappearing - line swallowing up line.

Little boy, don't fall out of love
with me.
I cannot help it if they will not stand -
your card-houses, your sand-castles
by the sea…
Wind and water do not long stay loyal to land.

Little boy, don't fall out of love
with me.
It is not my doing - this hardness of eye.
The hard clay, the rock walls of this world
I see
are sinking into my vision, by and by.

Little boy, don't fall out of love
with me
Though I am neither witch, nor fairy of your tale
Nor the wind that howls, nor the breeze
blowing free.
At best, I'm a book - for now, beyond your pale.

But little boy, don't fall out of love
with me.
In ten years, in twenty, you will begin to understand.
Though it will be forty years before, finally,
you see
such driftwood as my silence, such longings of quicksand.

Little boy, don't fall out of love
with me.
But love many others… many, many more.
For love, in a man, will branch and flower
as a tree,
only when rooted in the first love of yore.


(c) Annie Zaidi, April 2005

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6 Comments:

Blogger SPECKLED_BAND said...

This is very, very lovely! In the old ballad tradition...echoes abound.

14 April, 2005 21:28  
Blogger Pye said...

Loved it.

"such driftwood as my silence, such longings of quicksand" took my breath away.

It's got the perfect mood, wisdom, and I can just imagine a lady saying this out loud, a little fond smile on her lips.

15 April, 2005 09:18  
Blogger bikkuri-bako said...

nnnnnnnice!
too many visuals flood my mind's eye as i read and re-read.
thank you.

17 April, 2005 17:01  
Blogger John said...

Annie, great going! As Juno says I am a "Pankha" of yours! Meaning "fan".

J

18 April, 2005 15:25  
Blogger Geetanjali said...

An interesting treatment to an oft-used theme of the mother's advice to her son...loved some of the imagery!

20 April, 2005 15:54  
Anonymous jatin gandhi said...

this is really beautiful!

21 April, 2005 16:22  

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