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04 February, 2006

Transluscence

You did not tell me those were tear drops
that stained your eyes, you blamed dust
and told me it was normal. I believed
your lie and then joked about things
that made you laugh and forget,
for a moment, the terrible pain
you carried inside so silently.

I nearly guessed the truth once
but your explanations were clever
and so beautifully wrapped in evasions
that I failed to understand things
and did not probe deeper into the hardness
of your self-defence, and instead
remained comfortably gullible.

But if I only knew, would I have acted
differently or even changed the course
of events completely? Maybe or maybe not,
but who knows? Time makes conjectures
such an easy and convenient exercise
like the poetry we read and write to seek
explanations for the inexplicable in life.

But I do know that, if nothing else, the flowers
on this stone would have sung a different song
because you would be sleeping more peacefully.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Quicksilver! said...

Beautiful!:-)

I remember reading this before, but somehow I like it even more this time :-)

Esp love the lines...

Time makes conjectures
such an easy and convenient exercise
like the poetry we read and write to seek
explanations for the inexplicable in life.


I wish you would write more often:-)

Mayuri!

04 February, 2006 19:51  
Blogger Asmita said...

This is lovely Ashish.

Each word flows into the next so effortlessly. And the end...it just takes the breath away with it's poignancy.

05 February, 2006 22:28  
Blogger Ashish Gorde said...

This poem is based on a real person who is, sadly, no more.

07 February, 2006 21:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very profound, and poignant. When you realise the truth, it`s already too late.

09 February, 2006 11:09  
Blogger Rajendra Pradhan said...

where did I read it before? palimpsest? Loved reading it again.

10 February, 2006 22:18  
Blogger Amit said...

elegant and painful.
well done.

20 February, 2006 03:14  
Blogger Natasha said...

Breathtakingly beautiful..but heart wrenching and painful.

Loved it Ash.

05 March, 2006 15:07  

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