a poem by Hema Rangaswamy

I still remember those beautiful days
that remain as fresh as a new leaf in me

The day we built castles on sand
Rushing to shield them from waves

The ice-cream we shared on a rainy day
that brought spasms of cough

The breakfast we prepared together
cracking every piece of cutlery

The old melodies we listened to
humming off key in unison

The aimless fight I had with you
shouting behind each other’s backs

The streak of rainbow we saw
sighing disappointedly when it vanished

The way you taught me everything
and left me to tackle the reins

Your memory lingers everywhere
like pages of book that turn in wind

You may not be with me now
but, your caring ways soothe me
bringing fresh tears now and then.