Ravinder Kumar Soni

Gold Star - 16,610 Points (05/04/1944 / Delhi)

The Exclusive Retreat - Poem by Ravinder Kumar Soni

Even so as and when I happen to look over my shoulder
I find my own shadow chasing me across cobbled paths
Like some guilt chasing a sinner fearless and unrepentant.
But except when it is very dark, as though sticking to me
My shadow keeps following me all the time
Re-reviving my lack-luster garden of hope
That I have always tended carefully
Not allowing any weeds to grow and spread.
But, how does my shadow revive my garden I dare not ask.

Regardless, day in and day out,
My shadow, guarding me against any retreat,
Keeps following me everywhere all the time
Making me think again and again
With my past and present pretenses laid out in the wide open
Before my gradually unfolding future
I had intended to mould,
But now while constantly seeking a new retreat
Not far from my little garden of hope.

Topic(s) of this poem: philosophy


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, July 6, 2018


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