Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The tip of the horizon



An abandonment like a washed shore. Frothy remnants of something gone. A few shells left back like scars on otherwise uniform skin.

Missing someone forms a dull ache that you learn to live with.

This year I missed you a little less than the year before. And gradually I'll stop remembering to miss you. The heart is a traitor, a sellout for reasons of expedience.

I must've loved the rain. But it was you who made me realize it. When the first unexpected summer rain fell, mother and I ran out to pick the clothes from the line. Mother even in that moment of urgency, sanity always her being, insisted on flinging a cloth over our bare heads. You tugged mine off and asked me to enjoy the rain. You told it was beautiful and it was a shame to watch it through soggy layers. It was. It still is.

It was you who pointed out the stars in the sky and told me their names. Sleepy eyes hardly got it registered. But I always knew you would be there the next night to tell me their names all over again. How foolish was I. Never again will I see a tomorrow except when I see it.

I've actually forgotten you. Most of you. You stay however in stories I tell people. In smells and nostalgia. You stay in the empty space that you left behind.

39 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can u forget someone who u see in the stars and the rain!! its beautiful the way u capture your memories into words and give them a life forever..

2:15 AM  
Blogger Parvathi said...

You certainly have talent.I've been reading your blog for sometime but never left a comment.
Some of them are ordinary ,some like this one are brilliant. May be the inspiration for this is more close to heart,so it feels more intense.Hope you find your voice.

2:25 AM  
OpenID whatitees.com said...

amazing stuff you churn out!!

2:41 AM  
Blogger Ty Pheng said...

Can't retain my tears reading this.
Whoaoo !!
T

5:24 AM  
Blogger varun said...

wow!

6:15 AM  
Blogger BaKfIrE said...

Yes ,hearty is indeed a traitor , first it makes you believe and then makes you forget it ....
wonderful post...just unfurled some things my heart made me forgt...

11:11 AM  
Blogger AaaDee said...

You stay in the empty space that you left behind.

just beautiful...!!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Meena Venkataraman said...

You've outdone your self..
Pain so intense.. I feel compelled to say something..
But I dont know what to say..

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one. I think its not possible to forget someone. Its just that you learn to live without them.

1:27 PM  
Blogger A Rollercoaster Ride said...

i have always believed that certain things are better left unsaid. mainly because they seem to lose their magic/beauty, the moment they are uttered. your blogs prove me wrong.

consciously trying to forget some one is a sure way of never doing that ! its weird but you have to think about some one to actually need to forget them.
a very poignant post.

4:48 PM  
Blogger kriti said...

hey i had posted this comment on a previous post of yours... posting again since really curious...

where do you get the photos?

5:34 PM  
Blogger kriti said...

read ur post just now...

truly beautiful... and so simply written...

9:06 PM  
Anonymous prv said...

Thanks for breaking the silence...

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Seema said...

I don't have words to explain my feelings after reading this.. somehow felt a personal connection.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Sri said...

You're Gr8!!Simply Gr8!
You reserve all your comments to make this wonderful poems, in that case I adore your silence.

9:40 PM  
Blogger one among the crowd said...

hi poornima,

leaning into the sands...smitten surreptitiously....
they are never gone....will... never...

keep posting

10:46 PM  
Anonymous effie said...

write a book! write a book!

3:09 AM  
Blogger hopscotch said...

you write fiction (i hope so) as if it really has happened for real...very touching...

12:39 PM  
Blogger Vimal Gasper said...

"I must've loved the rain. But it was you who made me realize it." Simply superb... I love it...

11:05 PM  
Blogger arvindiyer said...

You know there will be this person who will run towards you like a little kid and lift you up and hug you tight when they see you in a railway station.

Take care. Flower child!!!

9:10 AM  
Blogger srini said...

After long time .......

You stay in the empty space that you left behind......

Wonderful..

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Abhi said...

Betrayal does that….betrays the betrayer- Erica Jong

2:55 PM  
Blogger Soorya said...

"You stay however in stories I tell people. In smells and nostalgia. You stay in the empty space that you left behind"... were wonderful emotions so well woven into the words... Was wondering why you take soooo long to come up with the next post... but when u do come, it makes up for all the absence :) Keep writing! And compile them into a book!!!! :)

9:12 PM  
Blogger Aks Kay said...

I loved the way your post starts off. Very evocative and well-written.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Manasa said...

woow.. amazing...

2:53 PM  
Blogger Miakoda said...

What you write almost always disturbs me. Which is a good thing :)

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sweetheart...

a very brilliantly written post.... the person does stay in the stories u tell....

4:34 AM  
Blogger Pratz said...

nice

8:32 AM  
Blogger cyclopseven said...

"I've actually forgotten you. Most of you.".....to remember that you have forgotten someone is just another way of saying, I still remember you. That's wonderfully expressed. God bless.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hv been folowin..but this post made me comment..its absolute beuty..

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont know why..ur words travel nd touch some deep pockets of my heart...this beautiful piece some how reminded me of some one, whom i lost years back..

just keep writing..poorni...

12:35 AM  
Blogger Kinni :) said...

Been reading ur blog for quite some time now..

Soul-stirring!

Do keep posting. I can see a lot of personal reflection into what u write. And just like always,I cant stop to admire ur brevity and the aptness of words. Even the unsaid has been said.

p.s. I am linking ur blog on mine! :)

1:03 AM  
Anonymous kerabyte@gmail.com said...

eeee photo nerathe onnupayogichitille ??? sariyalle ??

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Sreenesh said...

I have jst started reading blogs..
Read many of your blogs.

This one is just aweeesomeeee... :)

"A few shells left back like scars on otherwise uniform skin."

"You stay in the empty space that you left behind."

wonderful usage of words.. :)

Evryone would have gone through such a state in their life... if not... i guess one day or the other they'll have to..

9:33 PM  
Blogger Winnie the poohi said...

This is beautiful!!! so poignant!

2:20 PM  
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3:49 AM  
Blogger Lighthouse said...

brilliant....!

I know I shall continue to haunt the empty spaces between each line that you write for time to come...

3:51 AM  
Blogger deepthi said...

Its beautiful! All your posts are deep. There is music in those lines. Mind Blowing. Please post more.

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