Thursday, August 11, 2011

The day you fly without me

I look out my window tonight as your plane etches a line in the sky
Outside, this mad city recedes from me
with its million teeming hearts in a million sleepy chests

I sit still in the night, you move towards dawn
I remain a fixed point on the map as you consume its longitudes

Our pact to read our farewells
at two in the morning
with you in the air, and me on the earth
weighs unbearably on my mind

While your unopened letter
lies on my desk,
beating.

17 comments:

She makes me think. said...

Stunning! One of the most genius verses I've read.

Sakshi said...

Wow! Lovely! :)

Sherry Wasandi said...

Beautiful. Sparse, and beautiful.

Susan Deborah said...

Sadness oozes out of these verses, Karishma, and the words are beautifully woven together.

Joy always,
Susan

Rohith said...

Let me recite an extract from John Donne's "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"....

"....Dull sublunary lovers' love
(Whose soul is sense) cannot admit
Absence, because it doth remove
Those things which elemented it.

But we, by a love so much refined
That our selves know not what it is,
Inter-assured of the mind,
Care less, eyes, lips, and hands to miss.

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion.
Like gold to airy thinness beat.

If they be two, they are two so
As stiff twin compasses are two:
Thy soul, the fixed foot, makes no show
To move, but doth, if the other do;

And though it in the center sit,
Yet when the other far doth roam,
It leans, and hearkens after it,
And grows erect, as that comes home.

Such wilt thou be to me, who must,
Like the other foot, obliquely run;
Thy firmness makes my circle just,
And makes me end where I begun."

:) Take Care, my friend! :)

Tangled up in blue... said...

SMMT, thank you. :)

Sakshi, thanks. :)

Sherry, :) :) :)

Tangled up in blue... said...

Susan, I am bouncing back. :)

Rohith, wow! That is simply splendid. John Donne gives an unusually striking spin to 'a marriage of true minds'. He wrote this for his wife, right? And yes, it is very, very comforting. I shall make G. read this. :)

mgeek said...

Unopened letter was a nice touch... and I bet the person flying up in the sky feels equally heavy...

Tangled up in blue... said...

mgeek, thank you. :)

Anonymous said...

You write best when you're under the spell of love eh cookie? :-D i hope your G is safe in Londontown.

-Pulkit

Antara said...

I can quite imagine what you're feeling right now. :)

Beautiful words. Simple and full of meaning.

pantula said...

Beautiful! Came to your blog after a long time, and whatay post.

ramya sriram said...

pretty.

Tangled up in blue... said...

Pulkit, yes, he is. And thanks. :)

Antara, thank you. :) I know you know what being in the wrong city at the wrong time feels like. :D I read the rant, and now I wholeheartedly commiserate.

pantula, thank you! What have you been up to?

ramya, thankee! :)

Soumya said...

Absolutely loved this!

Aayushi Mehta said...

This was splendid.

Kalyan said...

lovely words...nicely crafted kines!