Searching for love in the ruins

"Times New Roman","serif"">The figure solitary, bent with age,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Searches love in desolate ruins,

"Times New Roman","serif""> A persistent
but futile gesture,

"Times New Roman","serif"">As love has grown these days ---

"Times New Roman","serif"">The most elusive commodity

"Times New Roman","serif"">On the stock-exchange,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Not reflected on SENSEX or Dow Jones;

"Times New Roman","serif"">The hopeless quest continues,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Of the frail figure,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Wandering amid the ruins,

"Times New Roman","serif"">On a wintry night ringed by a pale moon,

"Times New Roman","serif"">The desperate one, relentless in the quest,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Searches for every bit of evidence of love

"Times New Roman","serif"">That was once there and is not,

"Times New Roman","serif"">The pathetic searcher stumbles and gets up bruised

"Times New Roman","serif"">By the hawthorns, scattered in the remains,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Of the human relationships, now over weeded and

"Times New Roman","serif"">Pauses in the aching longing for a gentle touch

"Times New Roman","serif"">And---

"Times New Roman","serif"">Strains to hear the faint sounds coming from

"Times New Roman","serif"">The bushes behind the wilderness rolling down

"Times New Roman","serif"">To the broad-bosomed riverfront,

"Times New Roman","serif"">The lonely glimmering haunts,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Full of echoes from the past,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Illuminated and wreathed with milky layers

"Times New Roman","serif"">Streaming from a clear sky, devoid of stars,

"Times New Roman","serif"">But, hark,

"Times New Roman","serif"">The startled eyes see only

"Times New Roman","serif"">The phantoms and the silhouettes,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Arising and dancing in the ruins,

"Times New Roman","serif"">The ghosts from a receding void,

"Times New Roman","serif"">Very much like the mirage of a

"Times New Roman","serif"">Glittering desert. Stretched out

"Times New Roman","serif"">Only the illusion prevails these days;

"Times New Roman","serif"">The solid substance is forever gone.

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Sunil Sharma

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Freelance journalist, academic, writer and poet, Sunil is from India and published poems, fiction and a novel. He is also literary editor, reviewer, interviewer and critic. He is a bilingual writer who deals with current Indian realities and a globalised world and its impact on his country.

Last updated June 24, 2015