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11 Feb 2016

Strangers and Lovers

Posted by Oblivion in Poetry | 3:29pm

from the table afar
beckoned by a brief glance
she smiled at him;
a moment so joyful
it effaced all time,
all the years
and every minute
they parted for

a fate so cruel
they part every time
if they meet as lovers;
a destiny so kind
their paths cross
as if bound to,
if strangers
they pretend to be

so they vowed
in whispers quiet,
silent and unspoken,
that they shall
meet as strangers
so familiar
they need not utter a word

but yet
she was afraid
if he has brought along
the past –
a bittersweet secret
that only they
(she and he) know

but his hands were bare
bare as the agony
of a longing
that still burns,
a longing
that they never let
to their fingertips
or the unkissed lips

at midnight hour
the day before
he walked through
the stooping corridors
of time
through the burlesque
labyrinths of memory
through the crumbling
walls of dreams
and hurled
into the deepest woods
that precious secret

at dawn
as it lay frozen
in a stray nest
a squirrel stopped by
and ate it fine
the restless eagle
finished the remains

so his hands were bare
he doesn’t need carry
the weight
of the time gone by
he can now see it all
in her eyes
which, with one glance,
melt both
the dreams that were
treasured in the past
and memories
of this evening
he will take to the grave

he smiled, too
but said not a word
for, what if
it will, yet again,
invite the wrath
of the brutish fate

she stood up
and briskly walked out
before even her fragrance
could waft along
his bearded cheeks

minutes later
as the fumes
of unshared coffee
felt the two empty chairs
all one could hear
was the deep sigh
of two hearts
that belong


2 Comments | "Strangers and Lovers" »

  1. By vtim ofraud:

    30 Sep 2021, 4:24pm [ Reply ]

    He prefers obviously to be the f ing cheating polygamist who never believed in the institution of marriage nor love... one who would put the lives of his own - daughter- 3wives-girlfriends - parents on the line - throw their lives into turmoil n complete misery - to satisfy his own dangerous whims n fancies... a coward that won't speak for the fear of what filth might his criminal mind spew out... time will expose the evil atoms behind that face...

  2. By Betty:

    12 Mar 2016, 3:48pm [ Reply ]

    Poignant and beautiful. Why does he throw away the past memories of their secret? They do not hold any value any more for him? What seems better for him - that they remain lovers but disconnected, or that they become strangers and yet are connected?

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