At a place far far away from home I stand,
Without a single soul to smile at, no one to hold my hand,
I look around at faces only to be stared back at in anonymity;
As I searched a known face on this strange alien land.
Why am I destined to take such a giant leap?
With this puzzled mind I walk alone confused,
As how can a new plant dig its roots so deep?
As how can a flock readily accept this new sheep?
So round I turn and down the road I stride,
When the distinct radiance of a place catches my eye.
With its doors locked, I hear known voices inside;
Just as I peep in from the window, I feel my senses defy.
Here they are, with their eminent looks and mesmerizing smiles
I see all of them gazing back at me.
A grin slaps across my face from one ear to another
A grin so wide, even the farthest could see.
Can I come in? I asked
This is just the place for me to be.
“Sure, my friend. But I’d be careful if I were thee.”
“For we are ghost of your past” they said
“This you can surely see but cannot BE!”
I strolled in through the door, right into my past,
What if forever these moments could last!
I looked at them awestruck! God. There were so many!
In most of them I saw just me, thinking- well time did vary.
For every ghost I glanced at, was reliving a different me;
All those smiles, all those talks, each recreated a memory!
Hours of conversations and tons of chatter,
Walking out the backdoor I thought-
There’s no way this could get any better.
And to prove me wrong, into the shimmering moonlight she stood;
Swear to god, I would have hugged her if I could.
The nostalgia poured from my eyes,
Her remembrance bloated my mind.
In the new place I seek someone just like her,
But for all I knew, she was just one of a kind.
I pulled her close and I held her tight,
Fought those tears with all my might,
For she alone has been the one to set things right.
“Join me in this new world” I said “for there is not a known face.”
Caressing my hair, she drifted out of my embrace.
“That’s your present, my love; accept it with grace.”
“I can’t start it all over again, it would never feel the same,
With you I was so much more, here I am just a name.”
“Don’t you see how fascinating that is?
That’s the beauty of the game!”
“New problems shall arise” I said “New problems to cope!”
“Do take the road less travelled” she said “but never elope.
Because in this new world of yours, my love;
All gets well with just a new Hope!”
“With these sesame doors slam shut forever,
These ghosts too shall disappear one day.
But for you my love, I shall always stay,
To guide you on your journey, in my own little way.”
-SAGAR S. RANE