Treasure Island

Valsa George


Nothing Remains


Nothing Remains
Of a life lived together
When the world, to us, was full of beauty

Nothing remains
Of those lovely evenings,
We rambled along the quiet country paths

Nothing remains of the twilight dusks
We listened to the invisible choir
Singing for us in the descending dark

Nothing remains
Of the whirlwind of love
When we rocked in gyrating motion

Nothing remains
Of those blissful nights
We slept in each other’s warm embrace

Nothing remains
Of the sweat we shed
To make a nest n’ feed our fledglings

Nothing remains
Of our stay in that cottage
Fringed with a quiet flowing river

Nothing remains
Of the time tarried in anticipation
Of our birdies returning to our nest

Nothing remains
Of the times we dreamt
Of magic kingdoms beyond our hills

Nothing remains of those days
When existence was but a lovely dream
And from joy to joy uninterrupted we flew

Nothing remains
As the lid of the coffin shut
And my Love wheeled on a hearse!

How quickly life slid off its track
To immeasurable distances n’ spaces
Landing me in an abyssal pit

How a winter of benumbing snow
Has nudged its way
Into every crack and cranny of my life

Now, I live a phantom under this roof
With awful memories barging in
Like the marauding thieves!

How I search in vain
For those footprints, you have left
In the weed grown paths of my life

How I long to wash away
My grief in a surge of tears
Trickling down my eyes

But Alas!
I cannot cry
My eyes are dry!

Submitted: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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The bemoaning of a wife who lost her husband!

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  • Md Asadullah (2/16/2014 1:12:00 AM)

    So sad, but this is bitter truth of life, Nothing remains but sweet and bitter memories of days gone by : ( (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (2/11/2014 3:41:00 PM)

    I love this poem. Nothing remains but the memories that bring a bitter yet sweet pain. When there are no more tears to cry than the time of mourning is over. Time to live in present/future and no longer exist within a decaying past. Though the past will always remain a part of who she is, she doesn't need to be bound with the burden of it's weight. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks for sharing, Allan Gerard (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (2/10/2014 8:48:00 AM)

    Once again a gift of a beautiful poem given to us so freely. Loved reading each line. Nothing remains yet all is there somewhere in our thoughts. Thank you so much Valsa for sharing this lovely write. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (2/8/2014 11:46:00 AM)

    Nothing remains...... the grieving widow`s reminiscences have a desperate look and she dives flat into the mire of her seclusion and despondency.

    But she has to search and find
    Those footprints, he has once left
    In the weed grown paths of her life left dry
    As those prints have crushed many a weed down
    To show the way to his dear not departed till his last breath.

    Sorry, Madam I could not read this poem till Feb 8. (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (2/8/2014 6:00:00 AM)

    But Alas!
    I cannot cry
    My eyes are dry! .. lo vely lines

    eyes should never remain
    with agony and pain
    it was happy union and stay
    whoever has come here has to go away///// mehta (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (2/6/2014 10:38:00 PM)

    a consoling poem touching deep....
    Nothing remains of those days
    When existence was but a lovely dream (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (2/6/2014 8:52:00 PM)

    Past is always a memory. Nothing tangible remains. Memories remain and keep reminding of bygone days and dreams.Memories must carry one through life somehow. Nice poem beautifully written. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (2/6/2014 10:19:00 AM)

    When you unleash........Valsa.........every piece becomes a masterpiece.......a very touching poem with intense
    feelings of love, hope, faith, courage and distress, grief, lament and what not.....very well composed (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (2/6/2014 7:42:00 AM)

    Once again a Wonderful poem, Valsa.
    Very true said, Especially if the memories shared together were of pain and joy,
    if the life went together holding each other hands for years together...
    and if one goes off suddenly, other will pass through a bitter pain. Especially loneliness kills the one.
    No one can share one's pain. Especially so many years passed living together and got used to each other that no one can be a better companion than anything else. Especially as the years passes by, when companion are required the most.....It's really painful when one is left all alone all of a sudden......Loved reading each lines. Beautiful flow of words from your pen. Loved it...

    Thank you for the lovely comments for my poems... (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (2/6/2014 6:34:00 AM)

    Dear Valsa these words are truly beautiful and how you have moved me. What can I say but thank you for a very special poem to save. (Report) Reply

  • Pradip Chattopadhyay (2/6/2014 12:56:00 AM)

    superbly penned there Valsa the gradual change, the shifting hues of colors, coming over human life as it runs the years. you end with a sad note. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (2/5/2014 6:32:00 PM)

    .......the poet's notes gave me goose bumps....I really feel for this lady...for losing a loved one is the worst feeling in the world....it is nothing but pure pain and heartache every single day....your poem tells me nothing is forever....not even our beautiful blazing sun...it to shall die someday in the distant future.....you penned a wonderful poem....and truly I love your new poem.... (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (2/5/2014 10:28:00 AM)

    The poem is an absolute beauty! The seventeen triplets, each a ballad in itself, tell a story that touches!
    I am truly amazed and overwhelmed. The poem deserves 10/10, possibly more!
    'Nothing remains
    As the lid of the coffin shut
    And my Love wheeled on a hearse! ' - Very touchy!
    'How I search in vain
    For those footprints, you have left
    In the weed grown paths of my life' - Indeed very touchy!
    ' (Report) Reply

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