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(August 27th,1979 / India)

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Full Stop

Looking at you, I remember the first time we met:
sometime in my first grade, when the page-thirsty
line was running wild with its black army, trying to
capture every length and breadth of the white land
and I sat like a sparrow watching a tiger rampage;
while you bravely jumped out of the teacher's mouth,
onto my senses and with a single dot stopped its march.

From then till now, I remember all the times you had
stepped forward in the many pages of my life, stopping
every line according to the day’s need, setting priorities,
creating order and maintaining a balance of present and past,
and most of all I remember how perfect you were in your lynch:
never allowing a single phoenix to rise and how unshakable
you always remained after the kill: never oscillating to the past.

But why, when I scatter you onto the pages of my heart
where I need you the most, to kill those unanswerable
question marks that multiply like cancer and severe my days,
you become a heavy cannon ball and painfully roll and roll?
Or sublimate all your potent flesh and become a deep hole?
Or become the cars of a parking lot that empty at dark?
Or grow a sharp sickle and become another question mark?

Submitted: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Edited: Thursday, August 19, 2010


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  • Preeti - is here! (7/26/2006 12:01:00 AM)

    It's very well written!

    Preets

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  • Anjana Aravind (7/25/2006 11:46:00 PM)

    Pradeep,
    Very beautiful and insightful. Really good.

    Anjana

  • Ashish R (7/25/2006 11:41:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem.You have literally given a new meaning to 'full-stop'.Great work.
    Ashish.

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