Nikhil Parekh

Freshman - 508 Points (27/08/1977 / Dehradun, India)

When You Breathed - Poem by Nikhil Parekh

When you smiled; it seemed that a million lotuses fell
on the parched territory of earth,
When you cried; the waves in the ocean clashed
flirtatiously with the blazing chain of rocks,
When you sang; the birds in the jungle forgot to chirp
and a celestial silence descended all over,
When you ate; the most abhorrent appearing logs of
charcoal seemed like golden nectar,
When you wrote; the most nonchalant of literature
seemed like a string of shimmering pearls,
When you danced; all gods in heaven gathered to watch
in stunned silence,
When you yawned; there seemed to be a valley of
eternal bliss right down your throat,
When you were naughty; it seemed as if the most
heinous of criminals around you were small children,
When you perspired; it seemed as if the melody in your
aroma pacified the most tumultuous of turmoil,
When you winked; it seemed as if springs of white
froth gushed down the pristine slopes in lazy tandem,
When you walked; it seemed as if a cluster of fairies
had fallen from the sky to permanently inhabit the
When you slept; it seemed that the most glittering of
gold was showered unrelentingly from the cosmos,
When you bathed; it seemed as if shriveled and decayed
beauty in this world had taken a new birth,
When you shivered; it seemed as if the mesmerizing
night had forgotten to unveil into the sweltering day,
When you sneezed; it seemed as if lost charm and
exuberance flooded back into the atmosphere,
When you blushed; it seemed as if silver bolts of
lightening plummeted from the sky igniting multiple
fires even in frozen water,
When you screamed; it seemed as if the profoundly
gloomy ambience exploded in fury; to illuminate the
When you stared; it seemed that all the uncouth and
barbaric activities were replaced by unparalleled
innocence and empathy,
And when you breathed; I felt that I was re-born; and
as each breath of yours caressed my skin; I felt
myself more and more entangled in the bonds of your

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 16, 2014

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