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  • devdutta 3w

    Last Goodbye

    I know this is our last night, together
    But that doesn’t mean I’ll moisten my eyes
    Or allow the pent-up tears to overshoot and flow over.

    Instead, becoming more pensive than at other times
    I’ll recall the stories we together made;
    We will rejoice, and relate them, again.

    Then, getting boisterous, I’ll attempt to startle you:
    Thinking - even if you begin tentatively
    You might join in, you might follow-suit.

    With the clock ticking, the night soon to be over
    I will pause a moment, collecting my thoughts;
    Carefully, I’ll tuck away the memories that’ll sustain me, hereafter.

    When day breaks, announcing the final moment -
    Having patted your forehead one last time,
    I will leave, without once looking back.

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 3w

    Last Goodbye

    She left;
    Hurt, bewildered, proud- she left;
    I looked away -
    Unsure, at the last moment what to say;
    The door left ajar, not even one last goodbye
    I couldn’t help but listen: Her footsteps whittled down, died.

    Very soon after she was gone, though
    Images, in my mind rustled through
    True, the last months with her
    Had been consumed with bitterness, acrimony, and fear;
    Trust eroded, frittered, squandered
    Each day a burden, each night loathsome.

    Yet, after she unobtrusively, quietly left
    Only the good memories remained, everything else faded;
    Especially, how we had begun the new year
    With love and respect, she and I - together;
    We’d resolved to make the day memorable, the night awesome
    And this year our best year, ever.

    ***

    You’re gone, lost in the annals of time
    You won’t return, even if I beseech and try;
    I now realize, everything that happened -
    Were just unprecedented times, and not in our hands;
    Even though like me, you were only a witness
    You helped me get through it, with grace and resilience.

    2020, you were unlike anything I ever experienced -
    I’m sorry, a last goodbye from me was surely warranted.

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 4w

    Be With Me

    “Guzar gaya jo zamana usey bhula hi do
    Jo nakshe bann nahi sakta, usey mita hi do”

    I wish it was that easy,
    To forget everything and move on -
    I wish I could let go of all the memories
    That have defined my life so.

    I try so hard, to wriggle free
    Just to extricate myself
    The memories - they hit me, then caress me
    After all, they’re long-lost friends.

    “Ruki ruki si hawa hai, thaka thaka sa hai chand
    Wafa ke dasht mein hairaan khadey hain raahi do”

    You want me to let go of all this
    And move along, forsaking my memories?
    Let the wind then flap its wings
    Let the moon with energy fill.

    If not, what can I do?
    How can I move on?
    They come here each night, to play their trick
    I’m left powerless, I can’t help but follow along!

    “Guzar rahay hain jo lamhat ussay amar kar lein
    Mein apne khoon se likhta hoon tum gawahi do”

    Alright, I’ll try; give me strength, Faraz
    So, I can live in the moment
    Even if you must shed blood to do this
    Don’t leave me, be with me, always.

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 4w

    Come With Me

    Come with me -
    We’ll follow the trail, and go
    Wherever the path
    Takes us to;
    It won’t matter
    Whether we know, or don’t;
    You’ll have me,
    And I you
    We’ll catch up on
    Years of missed conversation
    Lost opportunities, even temptations
    We never indulged in, up to now.

    On top of everything else,
    We’ll have crisp air, and the snow
    And the fragrance of pine cones too;
    This time, we’ll capture the moments
    Before they escape, even if they struggle;
    So, won’t you come with me, now?

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 5w

    Love You, My Muse!

    Just like that, without notice you come to me
    Out of nowhere -
    You draw me into new thoughts and experiences,
    Over and over;
    Under your influence, I begin to see my surroundings
    With new eyes
    Feelings rise in the depth of my heart, and into my writing,
    Their way find;
    You make me see, feel, and experience things
    I haven’t, before
    My existence acquires meaning, it suddenly expands in new ways
    And, so much more.

    Are you friend, lover, well-wisher, or hard taskmaster?
    Say, you are!
    Till my writing’s complete, you remain relentless
    You don’t leave, or go very far;
    Draining my energy out, slyly you smile
    Ever so softly
    And then you shake me up and invigorate me,
    All in a jiffy.

    When I think of you, I wonder: Are you for real, or plain falsehood?
    Whoever you are, I love you, My Muse!

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 5w

    Lost Time

    It feels calm now,
    After the storm;
    Sitting at my porch
    I look on; I recall:
    A time when I too
    Would play in the snow
    And build snowmen,
    Galore.

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 5w

    No More

    The storm has subsided
    The pathway is clearing up;
    If you were here,
    I’d have pulled you with me
    And we’d have gone for a walk.

    But you’re not here
    And winters don’t feel like before;
    Snow falls, storms subside,
    Pathways clear up
    But I don’t go for walks, no more.

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 5w

    Alone In The Snow

    This afternoon too
    Will come and go;
    Evening will roll in,
    And I’ll be left alone -
    In the snow.

    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 5w

    Snow, Me, And You

    Sunlight on the snow
    Forming patterns
    Of light, with shadow;
    And suddenly, I remember
    Another languid afternoon -
    Of snow, me, and you.
    ©devdutta

  • devdutta 5w

    Just Move On

    Pyaar ghadi bhar ka hi bahot hai
    Jhoota sachha mat socha kar;
    So, don’t ask me any questions
    Feel good that love happened between us too.

    Let’s smile and hug each other, once more
    Then, I’ll go my way, and you go yours;
    Tanha tanha mat socha kar
    Jhoota sachha mat socha kar.

    ©devdutta