Dhruv Dikshit

While You Were Not Here - Poem by Dhruv Dikshit

While you were not here,
Jokes didn’t make me laugh,
Presents didn’t surprise me,
Light couldn’t open my eyes.
Coldness under the hot sun,
Lacking the warmth you withheld.

While you were not here,
Flowers didn’t feel like glowing,
Birds didn’t feel like flying,
Priests didn’t feel like praying.
Urging to touch the burning plate,
Lacking the sense you created.

While you were not here,
Wait felt like an endless sea,
Hope felt like a dying rose,
Pain felt like a twitched bone.
Suffocating even in open fields,
Lacking the air you inhaled.

While you were not here,
Food never justified the tongue,
Tongue never justified the words,
Words never justified the emotions.
Trying to justify your absence,
Increasing the lack of your presence.

While you were not here,
Collected all the traces you left,
In fear of not seeing you again,
Or just the haste to hold you.
Traces couldn’t light my path,
Lacking the light you reflected.

While you were not here,
Figured my futility,
Respected your significance,
Craved your totality.
Moments passing agitated,
Lacking your serenity.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2010

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