Aparna Chatterjee

She And I - Poem by Aparna Chatterjee

The poetry in me
Is not mine
It is hers...
And she is not me
She is the lover
And I am the wife.

She comes in me
Time and again
The uncalled for guest
Yet I always play the host.

She details her sorrows
And I listen to her
Lending my patient ears
To her endless pathos…

She gives me love
And I, my sympathies.
She beseeches me,
Implores me,
Moving me to tears,
She cries with me...
Offering me her poetry.

I offer her my
Telling her to live on…
So that life gets its chance
As Death comes only once
And forever…

She has been true to life,
Yet life keeps playing
With her…
Enticing her
With the hope of miracles,
Prodding her to believe in God
And some faraway dreams to live for…

Yet reasons aplenty to die for…
If Death could only come
And relieve her of this tiring game
Where Life seeks her, pursues her,
To go on striving to live
Till Death finds her
Hounded and persecuted…
And tired of living life itself.

She isn’t a Coward –
She tells me
She’ll fight on…
I keep hearing her story,
The same old story
Again and again…
Yet she doesn’t bug me.

She says that
She is a part of me
I deny it, she accepts it.
And so, me and she together
With our denials and acceptance
Of each other…
Remain close confidantes
As she has the time for me
And I for her…

Loving him hasn’t been easy
She knows it, I do too…
Impossible living without him
Yet we both live on…

Addicted to love,
With his thoughts,
Dreams and desires…
Both of us -
Mere mortals living like animals
With pangs of hunger and thirst
Never going away…
Would there ever be
Any Respite?

Wish our souls had no bodies
And our minds were without hearts
May be then -
It would have been easier
To live on, to keep existing…
Like body-less souls and
Heart-less minds
Sans the pain, the tears
The feelings and desires...

In perpetual pain,
This existence…
She always tells me
And I always listen
Like a helpless friend,
Unable to heal the pain
She feels within me…

Comments about She And I by Aparna Chatterjee

  • Bronze Star - 2,448 Points Aparna Chatterjee (1/23/2014 9:16:00 AM)

    Thanks, Friends for all your sweet comments and compliments :) (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,857 Points Wahab Abdul (1/22/2014 12:32:00 PM)

    the first stanza makes the poem explicit one., otherwise, beautiful, crafty and emotional. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,417 Points Shahzia Batool (1/22/2014 10:12:00 AM)

    Many congratulations for its being the poem of the day! Aparna Chatterjee!
    the poem is beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 178 Points Jayne Davies (1/22/2014 7:07:00 AM)

    Great poem! Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,950 Points Amitava Sur (1/22/2014 6:14:00 AM)

    A beautiful detailing of love as a lover for making poetry..... just loved it for it's brilliance. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,950 Points Amitava Sur (1/22/2014 6:12:00 AM)

    A beautiful detailing of love as a lover for making poetry..... just loved it for it's brilliance. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,123 Points Bernard Snyder (1/22/2014 12:23:00 AM)

    A lot of emotions in this poem. You wrote, I read, and I commend you on such a brilliant write! Loved it! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,448 Points Aparna Chatterjee (1/28/2013 11:25:00 AM)

    Dear Savita, Lynne, Veeraiyah and Jasbir,

    Thanks very much for reading and reviewing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,305 Points Savita Tyagi (1/22/2013 3:46:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem. Absolutely loved it. Various aspects of one's personality and pain and endurance of life all coming together in harmony. Tried to leave comment earlier but couldn't. Hope it goes through now. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,058 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/22/2013 8:29:00 AM)

    a beautiful poem! t tried to comment for so many times, but it is not still easy to log in to the PH. Quite troublesome and tiring! any way congratulations! Aparna! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,211 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (8/7/2006 10:18:00 AM)

    The poem does not make it clear as to whom the words ''him'' and ''his'' refer to. One can only keep guessing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 7, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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