Umasree Raghunath

Rookie - 90 Points (24 September 1976 / Eluru, AndhraPradesh, India)

Silence of autumn fall

An Empty Bench in a park!

In the silences of the autumn fall,
There are leaves lying all around
Showing the colors of the wonder fall
That changes along the times
As there is a path that is crossing by
Near to the river that’s flowing in side
I found an empty bench in a park
That was once rejoiced by lovers to embark
As two souls silently sat on it holding hands
Silence speaking words of their hearts
Eyes that stared into each one’s hearts
The love flourished in the serenity of the park
As ages went by, the lovers entered the wedlock
Raised children and families together to bond
Yet in the evenings, came to the silent park
And sat on the bench discussing lives larks
Few more years passed, and time took over
Birds flew off their nests as seasons unfold
The love between the couple grew fonder
As they depended on each other to ponder
Yet the sparkles in the eyes didn’t leave
When they still hold the hands together
And walked into their favorite park
They sat silently staring at each other on the bench
The pain, the growing age, the wisdom
Looked sharp in their whitening hair
Life had been kind, rough and at times fair
One morning, they came together again
Holding hands and with walking sticks
She whispered to him to let her sleep
On his lap and rest for a while to leap
He swayed his hands on her head and
Played with her shining silver hair
By noon, the watchman of the park
Found that there were two people on the bench
Holding hands and smiling, yet unmoved
He took a rose from the nearby plant
And placed on their souls wishing to rest in peace
Across the river and aside of the empty bench
They were laid to rest in peace, for ever
The Empty Bench in the park
Remained as token of love of their life’s walk!

Submitted: Sunday, February 09, 2014
Edited: Monday, February 10, 2014

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