top of page

Love, a river and the mantle

A little distance and the dittany of discomfort wash over the wounds of love; mere debris riding on a rolling wave of unknowns.

Unknowns, that are curiously more familiar than the now-tart love. They flow like true water. A river with origins back in time, collects and erodes deposits and embanks and no dam, no matter how deep can hold its own.

Own are the memories that muddle into clay and harden into boulders. Soon there will be jagged terrain where once was a sandy beach. Look carefully enough and the boulders are interlaced.

Interlaced like love once was. But, torn apart at the seams It now rests. Satiate. Echoes stitch all torn seams together into a quilt. He wears it as a mantle.

The mantle that is a swathe. The swathe that was sand. The sand that was left behind by the ever-onward river.

A river is abandoned for that which it left behind.

There is no unknown, but for the one that hides in plain sight.

Moss on a pavement

The passage of time can be a complex reality and a rather unwelcome change when it comes to dealing with things that we have to leave behind. And of those things, the one that doesn't seem to leave us behind in the shadows it casts on us is love. More than love, the memories of love. More than memories, the hazy emotions. More than the emotions, the haze they seem to be engulfed in. It is this haze, that we cannot decipher and, consequently, are most drawn towards.

This creates pockets of lost time, or what you also know as reminisces/memory. A memory is nothing but living in an already-lived moment in time. But all that's almost boilerplate, isn't it? What makes it intriguing is the choice! What we choose to carry will become a part of us. It may be the part that we crave or the part we only-too-generously give. Or, maybe, you choose none—no carrying, no stuff, no haze. Does that make you a river? Or the mantle? Is there even a choice in the world of love, a river and the mantle.

This is one of the very few poems that I have rewritten to make it more abstract (it generally goes the other way around!). With both the poetry and the description being abstract, it aims to mimic the "haze" in a manner that then holds a mirror to the choice the reader is forced to make in unbundling the poetry itself.

Here's to an eventually (hopefully) slightly less hazy Sunday. Happy Sunday!

35 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All



bottom of page