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Friday, March 18, 2011

Journey without Maps

(Unpublished poem, now unearthed)

Could you walk- with

Your hand in mine?

Could you see – life

The way I see?

Would you care- to

Share my pain?

Would your heart - beat

As would mine?

Would you love- the

Things I do? Would you

Trust, would you be true,

Would you have faith as I have in you?

You said yes? Then come!

There is no road no map no light to guide

Only my love to ward off the cold

It might be short or last forever,

But know, for once, we walked as one.


Balachandran, Bombay 02.02.2004


  1. Good idea and verses well laid. But Balan , perhaps isn't it asking for a bit too much?

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  3. @Anil: Ground rules, my son, just ground rules.
    You wouldn't remember, but there was a time when it rang true. These are just reminders of those days when we were true; true to oneself and to the loved. It isn't asking too much of someone, if it isn't asking too much of oneself.

  4. Loved it all the way except for the 'It might be short' part. Why such a call if it may not last? - is my confusion...

  5. @NRIGirl: Do we know anything for certain? Seemingly strong relationships break down, death may part us - life is so fickle, isn't it? The questions asked and the answers to it may be true and meant fully, but if life were so predictable, then all the people who fell in love would remain faithful to each other throughout the rest of their lives!

    What matters is the moment of true love. Whether it extends to 'moments' or a lifetime is beyond us. We can hope for it, but it need not necessarily happen...

  6. I also thought, you are asking too much.
    Do you seriously believe in love?

  7. Sigh Sigh!!!!!!
    "Ground rules, my son, just ground rules". That makes me better

  8. How I wish these were true :)

    I know! but sadly asking for these things makes one possessive, emotional, silly and foolish ....Thats what everyone say Balan

  9. @Anil, &Doc: Frankly, I pity you guys. I don't believe in love, Doc,as you may believe in God. I understand love, I have felt love. I don't need to believe. Experiencing Godliness is also something like that. You feel it, but you don't have to believe it and you don't need middlemen to interpret it either.

    But then, it isn't macho to be romantic, is it? Sissy, ain't it?

  10. @B: 'that's what everyone say'? Who cares for that? Like i have said earlier, this feeling of love is akin to many such extreme state of emotion where the duality disappears and you get a glimpse, a taste, of bliss. The problem arise when you try to stretch it. For the likes of Anil and Doc, of course, it is beneath them even to accept that such feelings exist! :-)

  11. A perfect wish!Imaginary/unfulfilled dream in everyones life!

  12. "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind, pity else are devoid of meaning.".
    Bertrand Russell

  13. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

    "But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
    To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
    To know the pain of too much tenderness.
    To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
    And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
    To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
    To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
    To return home at eventide with gratitude;
    And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips"

    Kahlil Gibran

  14. mr b @ i like your poems..dis one got all flavored with the short time that might only b there..none can be sure about how long the magic might last..till eternity as they say in romeo & juliet or for a day..


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