Monday, March 13, 2006

TIME

There’s a little crowd gathering
A buzz going up.

I am in a roomful of people
I wait for whatever it is to happen
And with a start
I just know that I’ve come to see you.

I must have, for there you are
And if you are there
What other purpose should I have but you?

So I take my joyful stride
You see me in the midst of all those people
And look… amused? curious?
That stops me dead in my tracks...

Are you sure you aren’t feigning
That look of quizzical recognition?
But no, there you are
Relief flitting prominently across your face
You knew when I stood still
I wouldn’t insist on drawing closer.

There were others of course
And there they were
And there you were headed.

But it didn’t matter
Not anymore
Not as long as I could go on looking at you.

You went on, and further
And I concentrated with all my strength
On your face, when you turned
But didn’t scan the crowd
Glorious seconds that might have to last me a long while hence…

Would you believe me if I suggested
That even in that miserly dream
It was as if I knew you were slipping away from memory itself?

I shrug off the dream
I struggle before you become a speck in the crowd
I have very little time.

I have to memorise your face.

48 Comments:

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Prerona said...

this was breathtaking. really great stuff :)

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

Good stuff! Hope it's only a piece of creative writing :-)

 
At 6:24 AM, Blogger Ekta said...

woah!
Dont tell me its ur original piece??
But err..should we be reading between the lines here!;-)

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger eve's lungs said...

BEAUTIFUL

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger chumkisingh said...

wow! u r a poet too?? great stuff - i was floored. :o)
btw, finally got my o3 blog up & running. though started with a very 'heavy' topic, hopefully controversial, too. i know i'll be blasted by many - but hey, what's life without a little excitement?
would like to know ur comments.
it's http://o3.indiatimes.com/sashao3
see u there.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Anand said...

hey neat poem!
liked the way you have concluded it!

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger Malinee said...

Hi PP,

Neat poetry-- so u r a poet too!!!

;D

 
At 5:55 PM, Blogger Patient Portnoy said...

Prerona: From an accomplished poet, that's really something

GhostOfTJ: Now why would you hope that? :-)

Ekta: Dunno if it's very original. But, yes, I wrote it

Eve: Thank you, thank you

Chumki/Sasha: Thanks.
And congrats on the new blog. Been there already :-)
Have also changed the settings here, see if you can comment using your O3 ID

Anand: Thanks buddy

Malinee: Not much of one :-)

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Prerona said...

huh! :) this was far far better. ur making me embarressed by comparing :)

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Prerona said...

huh! :) this was far far better. ur making me embarressed by comparing :)

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger Ghetufool said...

this happened to me when i was in my teens.
hope you are not a teen.
nice narrative. enjoyed it.

 
At 6:24 AM, Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Clear. Spare. Such a tight rein on emotion.
One of the best I've come across on the Net.

J.A.P.

 
At 1:56 PM, Blogger Patient Portnoy said...

Prerona: This is fun, like a Poroshpor Pith Chaprano Shomiti. hee hee hee

Ghetu: Did it now?
And, your hope is answered :-)

J.A.P: WOW, JAP-da
Thanks, and thanks, and thanks

 
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At 9:10 PM, Blogger Draconian Devil said...

Wonderful Lines...makes me reminisce about a song i used to like years ago..
"You never closed your eyes anymore when i kissed your lips,
You have no tenderness at all in your fingertips.."
Waiting eagerly for the next lyrical masterpiece!

 
At 9:52 PM, Blogger Patient Portnoy said...

DD: Yes, I love those lines myself

Thanks, that you liked mine too :-)

 
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