I am saturated with insights
No new corners to be lighted
No old cobwebs need to be
Spider can continue to spin
that clock of stillness
And show us how little
everything moved in years
The vehicles moving ahead
Merely created an optic illusion
of a backward movement
For a while in the traffic
I never moved backwards
And you never moved forwards
Webs are formed everyday
and darkness grows comfortable
like a truth that never saw the day
and reconciled to a night
on a dry pillow
and a lamp without oil stains
Spreading undisturbed stillness
of an absent flame.

3 thoughts on “ABSENT FLAME

  1. Wonderfully weaved as ever. I am on a mission today also:

    We have 100 contributions to date, and I am trying again to rope in as many contributors to the Poets for Peace challenge (in place until this the end of August). The many voices in response to this have been fantastic, and I’d love you to add yours (again, if applicable) if you can. Feel free to use an existing piece of writing or a new one asking for peace and/or about the troubled times in which we live.

    If you are interested, please leave your poem in the comments section of Neha’s bog and it will be added. https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/calling-all-poetscreative-minds-to-a-grand-collaboration-poets-for-peace/comment-page-5/#comment-19287

    Thank you –
    Your voice matters.


  2. The opening line starts with a new understanding, and yet, there is this tone of an ‘uneasy reconciliation’ when you mention ‘No new corners to be lighted’ and ‘old cobwebs’ be disturbed. There is a sense of uneasy stillness, and as if, Time is being chided. The las line, ‘Spreading undisturbed stillness
    of an absent flame’ is a strong reminder of the memory that still warms the heart, yet, cannot be seen or touched.
    A wonderfully crafted poem with powerful imagery. Very nice.


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