dear Neena

distances
matter not
‘cos our parallel
dimensions
collapse
every time
I think of you
and you’re
right there
before me

your birthday
is in two days
… I’ve spit
polished our
memory box
for recollecting
individually
and collectively
our joint
history
..
each leaf
has its own
unique fragrant
tint and I shall
lovingly reminisce
upon each one
imperceptibly
inching forward
unhurriedly like thick
molasses
..
memories
are sweet on tongue
never sticking like bones
in throat that can
neither be spat
nor swallowed
…they just are …
no more no less
implacable
as is…
….
on your
special
day I shall
raise a toast
to you
to what you
truly meant to me
cherishing “us”
for what we were
in kinship and love

do
linger
…stay a bit
until I
expertly
rearrange
my features
in your
most
likeness
..
I still love
and
miss you terribly
dear big sis
and do know you
were the only one
I always let
emotionally blackmail
me
jubilantly
..

October 28, 2017

Dear Neena :

Happy birthday !
..

fleeting thoughts
float as feathers…
I fumble they tumble
in my grieving heart’s
chambers as colored
glass in memory’s
kaleidoscope

..
you were
the one
who always noticed
storms
in my eyes
broken sobs
in my voice and heart

..

and shared
your own woes
our floodgates opening
and after our mutual
storms we usually ended
up by insanely
laughing

..
rest in light
in utter peace
know
you were
dearly loved
and will always
be sorely missed
..


painting is by Kanchanmala Ghosh, Kolkata

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