On a Bench at The Beach

We sat there

for a long time, till

the crowd around us thinned, till

the sun shifted and the light changed, till

we felt our eyes

could meet again, without

the tears

A mere call away, yet

The space of a million miles

Of gushing tears separating us

Life! Precious!

Not to be squandered away

The song that played in the background

Was mournfully painful

And forgiveness was not easy incoming

I was in no hurry, but determined




The movies in my head

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Through the night

Dawn blossomed

On a bench at the beach

At whispering distance

On the bench at the beach

He sits

            We sit

We have been sitting here a long time

The bustling, distracting crowd has thinned

The sun has shifted, the light has changed

Our eyes that once explored each other’s deeply

Pleading for acceptance before looking away

Meet now

Without tears

The waves hum a love song

            That no longer echoes                                


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Vidya Shankar
Vidya Shankar, a widely published Indian poet, writer, editor, English teacher, and a “book” in the Human Library, says poetry is not different from her. A recipient of literary awards and recognition, she uses the power of her words to sensitize her readers about environmental issues, mental health, and the need to break the shackles of an outdated society. Vidya is the author of two poetry books, The Flautist of Brindaranyam (in collaboration with her photographer husband, Shankar Ramakrishnan), and The Rise of Yogamaya (an effort to create awareness about mental health.) She finds meaning in her life through yoga and mandalas.