Face to Face

Your midnight hair has streaks of grey and white
And mine evokes pure nostalgic delight
But face to face, I ask myself and you
How really far are we from where we were?

For what we thought we lost was always there
In that rush of madness the sane call love
And though we chose to chase our different dreams
Under alien skies, down difficult ways

Branching out in that bitter mist-drenched dawn
Touching lines on a railway map, surprised
At the weird lines on our tired palms
Bringing us to this moonlit beach tonight.

What awkwardness we may have shared before
Dissolves in the glow of your tender, trusting gaze
The welcoming warmth of your fond embrace
Your slender fingers stroking my weathered face.

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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

8 thoughts on “Face to Face

  1. Sarala Ramkamal

    growing in love is a special blessing in life.. we smile at the foolishness done in the past .. and we see ourselves and each other in a better light.. beyond the physical presence we gain a presence which is more real.. and indeed warm .. beautiful poem 🙂

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