Lengthening shadows

What if we never meet ?

A lingering fear stays in the mind,


Each twilight I wait, peering through  panes,

Till the orange orb hides behind tall trees,

A few lingering rays peep through the leaves,

With deepening gloam my hope too wanes.

Then shadows lengthen, green leaves blurr,

Trees stand silhouetted like dark monsters,

There comes howling of foxes and Wolves,

Deep fear and longing inside me blisters.


Yet I hope,

A lantern I keep near my window,to guide,

Your wayward steps , your long erratic ride,

For hours I look blankly, for hours I keep crying,

Loved you once ,cannot erase from my mind,


What if you never come back, I shudder,

You might have found an idyllic world,

Beyond those tall trees that wander ,

Upto where the sky meets the earth.


What if I breath my last waiting forever,

Without having one last glimpse of you,

Will my yearning soul ever be at rest,

Without having my cherished view ?


Moreover, if there are no more lives !

Graves are final destination for us.

My tiny hope to see you in the next birth,

Will be buried deep mingling in the earth.


Desperately I wish to be born again,

If I couldn’t see you and die in your arms,

Let me roam like a phantom near the cove,

Following like a shadow wherever you rove. 


What do you think?


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Written by Sarita Khullar

Sarita Khullar is a retired associate professor in English from Hans Raj Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jalandhar. She loves poetry and fiction. She also likes birds, flowers, animals, and humans.

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