He felt a thunderstorm forming inside his chest. Because for the first time, he didn’t have an answer to a question his beloved had put forth him….
But, Why? She had asked.
Why, you ask?! Well, I don’t know. Do you expect something dramatic from me, now? Like, ‘ ‘Cause you’re you and I’m me.’?
He gave stifled a chuckle.
She stared deep into his eyes and gave a quivering smile.
Well, old book clichés would do as long as you’re with me….
He clearly saw the disappointment lingering on her face. Yet, he kept his quiet.
As she packed his left over articles, she found a letter lying in a dusty, lonely nook of his desk. She opened the letter with her wrinkly, bony, fingers and read:
“My Dearest possession,
Many a dams of ink have dried
In the quest to find a perfect answer.
Many a stray phrases I’ve rented
Justifying,”It’s all for her.”
Many a sleepless nights have gone by
Without any revelations.
Deplorably, each one of them departed
Owing to sun’s inhibitions.
Many a definitions remain
Stamped on my wrinkled brain.
Yet this time
This moon of mine
Denies to lend me just one more
This one time.
I’ve Drowned in the night’s sea,
And Choked on the day’s reveries.
People made lists, my binder had no boundaries.
But I feared someone would steal it;
Become the things I adored you for.
And now, I pitty the fool who’d dare,
For no distant stranger can complete me as perfectly
As the curves of your jig-saw.
Don’t make me pierce this sky
And loan petty names to those fractions.
Don’t let me render love
That am left to measure its unfathomable worth
With mere twenty-six letters.
Don’t make me give justifications,
When I call it ‘Unconditional’.
No reason was ever enough;
So I just made excuses from the echo of my heart.”
And as the sun kissed the sea,
Her tears kissed the ink
As she chose to depart
From this abominable realm
To meet the piece of her soul
She had told
Him to hold
In his caressing arms for her….. Forever.
– JAISMINE K.