Pinaki Dewan

Veteran Poet - 1,452 Points (24-09-1997 / India)

And We Knew - Poem by Pinaki Dewan

she stared at me like agony
knocking on silence's door

i let her in it was winter and
winters are meant to be cold

but then it was so warm it felt
a bluethroat-tweedle would

burst out any moment but
silence was the desideratum

it was the shelter so it stayed
that way we walked away but

we were inside the same room
we had been acquainted with

the same darkness so there
was no way it was not love

it just was not time to express
or to let it consume our lives

we both needed a sort of
emptiness at least for a while

needed to understand the
significance of affection

why it was the one thing
man could not fight against

perhaps we knew where
we were going to end up

but it was better than the cliff
we were always falling from

without dying it was better than
all the other consolations

society was offering to all
the lost souls every last being

was lost they just did not know
and so we turned and so

we smiled and so we walked
on into the ocean

we had already been drowning
so suffocation was no

longer a trouble we yenned
to reach a deeper truth

a more variegated truth
for darkness had become dull

let it be bitter but a truth
that is monochromatic

is always undesirable
so we jostled at the brine

and picked at the corals
memories peeking at us

from the future it was
a surreal pleasure and so

little by little we knew love
and we knew life

and we smiled more
and knocked more

and never were we seen
at the cliff again

Topic(s) of this poem: affection, life, love, optimism, smile

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 28, 2018

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