Poetry: You and I
I had composed this poem in 2000. The Nepali translation was published in a poetry collection titled “You and I” in 2000. I studied poetry in my English class but I knew nothing about poetry. Actually I did not read poetry until I published a poetry collection. I’m still learning the craft of poetry but I see myself as a storyteller. Most of my poems are narrative, because I love to tell a story in a poetic form.
Do you know
Last night I was with you
Your eyes were closed
Yes, you were sleeping
And didn't know I was there.
I was very close to you. Very close.
I could feel your pulse
You were calm and quiet
I was restless.
My fingers ran over your flesh
It was so soft, so gentle,
Your forehead, eyes, cheeks, lips…
Nothing remains here,
Your beauty will wither,
Elegance will vanish
And I won't be here to be lost in you
You won’t exist forever, nor I
I went inside you
In your heart, your mind
To etch complicated lines
Memories whispered into ears
Came out to live with life
Life that is slipping off hand
I exchanged skin and borrowed time
Searching for blouse of affection
Slowly…slowly…I entered your heart
Reached the infinite depth
Is this the Pacific Ocean?
I floated in your blood
Travelled through veins
Into the chambers of the heart
Right to left. In and out.
I was within the thick sticky fluid.
Then with the gushing blood I was inside your mind.
Your mind is so profound
The world outside was
Just a reflection of your inner world
Last night, I was with you, within you.
You were sleeping and didn't know
I was inside. I was outside
Lost inside, found outside
In the deep silence of yours
I entered the universe
Yes, you really did not know,
Last night I was pretty deep inside you.
You were asleep but I was awake
Travelling in your eternal world
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