Ravinder Kumar Soni
The Lofty Perch - Poem by Ravinder Kumar Soni
Lost in thought I have lost track of time;
Minutes have turned into hours and then into days and weeks,
Yet I have not shifted from my lofty perch atop the nigrodha tree
Over-looking a lake that on its clear surface
Mockingly reflects the other unseen side.
The surrounding trees whisper and softly ask me to rise
And the wind, it coaxes me to stir, to move about,
And the day-light by revealing that which the night had concealed
Entices me to step forward to expand my search,
But not aware of what is bound to be next
During the moments that are yet to pass
I continue to sit lost in thought blissfully unaware of time’s swift fly-by.
And mighty scared am I,
Fear-struck I am trying to find solace
By staring ahead
By staring into the yonder stretch which is the boundless space
Spread deep and wide
As though ready and waiting to receive me in its folds;
Its smooth, soothing folds continue to lure me
With the promise of endless sleep
That after leaving my lofty perch overlooking the lake
I have wanted to enjoy.
Sitting on my lofty perch atop the nigrodha tree
I continue to wait and pray.
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