If Only

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If only time stood still,

And, if we could retrace our steps,

To the time of naivety, innocence and awe.


We would,

laugh at the sun that caught our eyes,

sometimes creating an illusive vision of what is before us,

A mirage, a glazed encounter or something even more spectacular.


We would,

remember that love begets a sense of belonging,

I am yours and you, mine,

A protective, possessive endearment,

A bridge between heart and soul.


We would,

have a chart before us,

crayons and pencils,

once new, now used, broken,

scattered around us,

the colors wildly chasing dreams imagined.


We would,

Never leave our childhood behind,

No, not those happy moments,

Or the blissful playground rides,

Or dance with carefree indulgence,

to music that will drown out sounds

of negation.


If only time stood still, we would have retraced our steps, to the time of you and me, and chosen love, happiness, and peace.

In the stillness of the hour, sometimes the heart does meander.



Even the trees

It was a quiet morning, the silence unwilful,

It was not because of the rain, or the scorching heat that hurt at times,

It was something else,

I couldn’t figure out why.


Now, the trees that witnessed what went on,

Some outgrew generations past, now standing into the present,

Some with rotting wood where the damp had found a place to grow,

Some, their roots visible on the tarmac and roads.


Once, the branches swayed to the winds,

There was a reason to come out to play,

That reason had been taken away,

A whisper had turned into thunder,

The men of a caste began a conquering,

The aftereffects lingered today.

You and I, the benefactors, of an untiring, reckless,

dream of men who overthrow.


Wars and sounds of guns were heard,

Even from the distant lands,

The blood spills onto peaceful footage,

And holds hostage their land.


In places of war, the pandemic reigns not,

I wonder why that is so.


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