DEPARTURE MEETING We held on A moment longer Than was necessary Than we should have Than we would have Than we did When we said goodbye Earlier Because this time We grew We discovered We learned We taught Each other And what wasn't Became what was And what is Paving the way For what will be And when we felt it We slowly But not reluctantly Let go ********** DEPARTURE IN SLOW MOTION She stood still As I stepped on The moving train The rain fell Around her Softly Everything moved In stills A drop dripped From her hair Down Slowly Hands nodded Mouths opened But no voice came out Just the sound Of the rain Hands reached out But out of touch Not trying to touch Just reaching out A lone voice echoed Through the rain Vibrating With the rhythm of the train Just a moment more Things left unsaid The clanking begins Still hanging out Still standing still Looking out Transfixed For that last moment For that last look Becoming smaller Tinier Moving away A heartbeat Stop Pulsating Knocking Clanking Eyes shut tight Adding to the drizzle Salty remembrances Flashes White light Zoom Moments replayed Relived A jerk Back to reality Still smaller Hands still nodding Now waving To the beat Everything else still Moving Away And away And away ********** DEPARTURE - THE DEATH OF A DREAM Looking out Far far away At something Only she can see In her mind The picture replayed Again and again Of moving away The release And then left alone As she had been before The step Taken backwards Slowly Another one Another one Like that The departure The falling rain Little splashes Tiny pricks Within Being washed away The gurgling drains The mechanical beat The half step Taken towards But retraced The frozen hand The frozen moment The frozen night Looking out Everything around Unmoved Stillness And a lone leaf Makes its way Floating to the ground While all else is still A vision A thought Another replay In slow motion Suddenly Fat splattering rain A sudden death And the dream Has reached its end **********
Arjun Purkayastha's Questions:
These poems are 3 different ways of looking at the same departure. Which one
appeals to you the most, and why?
What message do these poems convey to you?
How do you as a reader relate to them?
Is there any visual appeal in the poems - how do you picture them as you read them?