Prabhakar Subramaniam

Somewhere Still - Poem by Prabhakar Subramaniam

I cannot believe

He will not return

Out of nowhere

Like he used to

With his broad smile

As if he had not been away

For so many years

And there was no need

To explain himself

To friends who knew his ways

He drops into a chair

Sitting quietly for a while

Eyes gleaming with mischief

As he gives his sketchy updates

With long pauses, shakes of head

Arching of eyebrows, shrugs,

'We are separated, I have someone else'

Some more silence, some more smiling

No names, no further details

'I'll come back soon

Give you the full story'

Off he was again,

Leaving no address,

No phone number

Disappearing from the story

Like a dumped character

I still like to think

It was someone else who died.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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