Sunset to Moonshine

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A poignant love poem of two lovers crossing each other in different boats. The metaphors of nature, of sunset and moonlit sky add dimensions to this verse, by Nilakshi, for Different Truths.

In the yellowing time
Of the sunset sky
It’s easier somehow
To see life by.
I can see our boats
Glide along the sea.
The years gone by  … 
The sun-tossed beaches 
The honey coloured sky 
In one boat, you, 
In the other, I.

That one last look 
As the boats cross by 
Never to meet
Nor know nor try….

The oceans in my chest
Do heave and ply 
They cause that havoc 
Which darkens your sky 
You toss, lament… but 
As the years go by 
I become that spectre 
You’d never hold nigh.  
Would seek …desire 
Never know, never try.
In the mellowed sunset 
Do I see you cry?
Wipe those tears 
Wipe those years 
Take the oars in your hands 
And maybe try
Ply them…. Ply…
Come rowing to me,
In the moonlit sky.

©Nilakshi Roy

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Nilakshi Roy is an Associate Professor in English in Vaze College, Mulund, Mumbai. An occasional academic writer and poet, she writes short stories and articles. A founder of Culture All: Conversations on Cultural and Social Awareness, she works with underprivileged children and women, in Thane, in her spare time as of now. She has authored a number of papers on diverse subjects, notably on fashion, on the Saree, and the choli, and on film.