Of Moments, Memories, and Dreams

A bat of an eyelid,

A smile stealing on a lip,

A strand of hair being brushed aside,

A short look turned to a long gaze.

 

A word unheard,

A word barely heard,

A hand around a waist,

And looking up at a shining face.

 

A look of longing,

A look on separation,

A look of fulfillment,

A look of benevolence.

 

A kiss remembered,

A smile thought about,

And incidental touch,

A simple word exchanged,

A thought thought then,

Remembered now.

 

A gait remembered,

A place remembered,

An ambience too.

And aura of a person too.

 

A sunshine face,

A face drawn up,

A misty eye,

A tremble on a lip.

 

A moment of fear,

A moment of anticipation,

A moment of exhilaration,

When I first talked to you.

 

An agonizing wait for a fleeting look,

A fragrance of someone who passed,

A whisper exchanged in a cold moonlit night,

A face so cherished seen suddenly,

A voice so sweet heard suddenly.

 

A passionate kiss,

An electric embrace,

A ring of a phone and a honeyed hello,

A cold hand gently taken in warm one,

A hand running through one’s hair.

 

A mention made,

A sudden meet,

A sad eye,

A vacant look,

 

The rustle of dried leaves under a foot,

A glace exchanged in the approaching darkness,

The warmth of a body,

A breath felt,

A hand on the forehead,

A throttled sob.

 

A smile of amusement,

A proud profile,

And arm outstretched,

An ankle turned,

A ringed finger,

A bangled wrist,

A lovely foot,

A plaited braid,

A face witnessed in half sun half shade.

 

O moments, memories, dreams.

The treasure. The treasure. The treasure.

 

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A Tear Wish

A Tear Wish

When the night is lonely

The music sweet…and of a time when we were together

I plunge..

Into the past

Reminded of

Those long telephone conversations

Where even the long silences were so so fulfilling.

When that uncontrollable laughter used to get at us.

The little barbs that we made at each other which amused us equally.

When the possessiveness for each other got funny.

A Tear forms slowly

Ever so slowly

At the corner of my eye

And rolls down my cheek.

And I pray to God

That you

Are happy

Even

If that means

That what I remember so vividly

You do no remember at all.

I’m A Moment Collector

Moments

I’m a moment collector

I collect moments

click them, prune them, paste them

and store them in my files.

I collect moments……

the warm softness of your breasts felt in the early hours of the morning

watching the blue-green mountains half smothered by clouds, with you at my side

seeing the Beas waves make violent love

watching your face as you comb your wet hair after a bath looking fresh.

Having you cling to me like I was the only hope that remained.

Removing a quiet tear from your eyes.

The cozy feeling of knowing you care, I care.

Kissing your forehead in your sleep with your head on my chest

I collect moments…

Do you know why I collect moments?

I believe –

a time has to come

when these moments

will be all that is left

all that is there for me to hold

It is then, I’ll need them

It is for then, I preserve them

I need to collect moments

I’m a moment collector