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Valsa George

Then - Now!

I saw rainbows
across the tear washed sky,
their iridescent gleam
slanting down on the waters below,
Buds burgeoning on every branch,
Flowers opening their delicate folds,
and summer bees spiraling around
gathering nectar for frosty days.

Saw radiant smiles gleaming past
Angelic babes’ innocent face,
Men toiling from dawn to dusk
going about their lives’ odyssey,
Speeding vehicles moving down
as ants, in an unbroken chain,
Nature, posing from time to time
in silken green, amber gold
and in dazzling white

Everything fleeted past
As through the window
of a speeding train.
Neither did they linger long
nor were they daubed bright
in paints variegated
on my mind's impressionable canvas
to call them back to mind at will.

I lived my life in acute haste.
Colours, shades and myriad scenes
passed me by as common sight

But now with a heavy mist blocking out my sight
and an inexorable dark
covering me like a shroud,
plunging me, all of a sudden, into a perpetual night
where sun beams never again shall fall
I realize with a jolt, how much I have missed
and how much more I will miss!

Submitted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 26, 2013

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  • Freshman - 2,239 Points Patricia Grantham (9/5/2013 8:04:00 AM)

    Let us all try to enjoy the simple things in life. For when we
    do this that is when we experience true joy. The setting of
    the Sun, a rainbow in the sky, trees shedding their leaves,
    birds flying all around, waves lapping at the seashore. So
    many things to relax and dwell upon. Even reminiscing about
    the past and telling stories of events that happened that is
    still etched within our minds. Live the life you love, love the
    life you live. An excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (9/2/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    Then -Now- a wonderful presentation of the days gone by and the present situation. That you are able to recall the old shows they are still imprinted in your mind but you feel for the freshness gone, perhaps.A FABULOUS WRITE, VALSA! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 550 Points Om Chawla (8/28/2013 1:59:00 AM)

    Very well written, nostalgic as Mr. Dinesh views it.
    Some forty years ago I also wrote a poem with same title, but how different was my perspective on what I saw. You may like to see. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,505 Points Dinesh Nair (8/27/2013 9:07:00 AM)

    First of all let me 'confess' that I saw a rainbow just one week ago! I forgot to close my eyes even!
    Let us rejoice at the glory of the past and live like this in perpetual recollections..
    Probably a few more are still around us not missing the essence of the life of the kind..

    Nostalgia reincarnate again! Madam Valsa, kudos to you for the brilliant coherence of images invited. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,788 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/24/2013 10:38:00 AM)

    Mistakes or correction and repentance is the theme so it is a call we should not miss the beauty of the world and our own beauty lovely write (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 33,788 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/24/2013 10:38:00 AM)

    Mistakes or correction and repentance is the theme so it is a call we should not miss the beauty of the world and our own beauty lovely write (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,300 Points Geetha Jayakumar (8/24/2013 10:15:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Life remind us of the beauties we missed in our life.....Each sentence beautifully portrayed..Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,539 Points Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/24/2013 6:56:00 AM)

    Life is not the same always. It keeps changing. Responsibilities and burdens of life take their toll. Age keeps adding up. What was bright then is now dim. Changes nicely expressed in the beautiful poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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