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Good times last not for ever, not even for long
Smile fades away, love separated, life snapped
Rose bud blossoms in the dawn, drops down by dusk
All good things end, they end too, too soon

?Ere snow inflamed passions again, rains returned
I could surprise you once more with a B?day gift
We celebrate X-mas, New Year again, talk of past year
Too soon my research in your country came to an end

The Project was duly completed, thank you all!
We wept all night in tight embrace
Each time we made love we wept both
Knowing full well all this would end soon

They do anything to come to your dream land
Fake visa and passport, identity and marriage
Once entered, declare refugee, tell stories
All is fair to get into your country!

Then doctors and engineers become taxi drivers
Or wash dishes in restaurants, be night guards
Earn lots of money, still live in mental ghettos
Really belong nowhere, be like Trishanku1

If I stayed, I would have to start all over
Perhaps to do odd jobs, meaner jobs
Perhaps my love is thought means of staying back
Or, in the struggle of life, it flies away

Better to be somebody in one?s own country
Than to be nobody in comfortable alien land
But in the heat and dust and noise and crowd
You would have withered and faded away

Yet for you I was ready to do all
What is love if you do not wager all
All my misgivings I kept to my heart
But she divined them, as I did hers

She freed me saying live your life
Come back when doubts are no more
I?ll always be there my love!
Then stay with me, or take me away

We made video films of our life together
Taped each other's voice and favorite songs
And made albums of our photos, forget-me-nots
I never saw them again, my eyes swelled and singed

We wrote letters to each other writing alternate words
Signed in blood and swore we're of each other for ever
It took her days to take her things back home
She wept each time, how bitterly wept she!

Insane desire, persistent demand, who had asked nothing
?Give me a baby, give me your child!
Make me mother of your baby, it'll be our child
Leave some part of yourself for me to hold on to

I'll go away and live a solitary life
And will see you in the face of our child
I will seal my lips, my fate, my life
I beg you, Dear! grant me this parting gift'

How much I wanted to beg what she was asking
But I will not make her life hostage to love
We fought, wept, she even tried to trick me
I fulfilled not even this small desire of her!

We went to aborigine province in the deep north
She took me where no foreigner had ever set foot
They came running and shouting, drums and spears
Spoke strange language but took us as sacred guests

In the evening we danced around the bonfire
Primitive dances on primitive music of drums
Welcoming, entreating us to stay, not go away
Two long lost wandering spirits come back home

We danced our last dance together on snow!
Till mothers took away the drowsy children
The fires burnt out, food and drinks consumed
Bodies tired and sought each other to lean to

Those drums still haunt me, hammer on my head
?Stay, stay, stay, go not, go not, go not'
My heart benumbs, a feeble beat bewails in crescendo
?Go, go, go back, there is no life without her'

It was midnight but the sun was still shining
And then the sky dazzled us by the northern lights
Play of multi-color lights and fires in the sky
As if gods were showering their benediction on us

We snuggled in each other?s arms in our igloo
Loved each other in the quietest quiet around
Didn?t sleep a wink all night, as if by saving
Time on sleep we will overcome fleeting time!

We came back and then life became hectic
Ah! what life, it was a funeral procession
Packing, attending a few farewell parties
Though most of them I politely declined

We had made plans for future, dependant on me
Still she knew we would never meet again
How she wept when she returned the house key
And me when she gave me her tartan skirt!

How was our last night together, did we weep
Oh! we wept till tears dried in our hearts
How does one embrace when one knows
This, this is the last time love is in arms
How long, how many times, does one kiss
When one knows that each kiss is the last
We kissed so hard, we sucked out life
Now I live yours, you live mine!
From head to toe, toe to head
All over the body again and again
As if by kissing alone I could keep you
My whole body still burns kissed by you

How does one make love for the last time
A swift love is selfish, lingering, torture
How to fake pleasure when only pain is there
We made love in tears and sobs and cries

What has she done to deserve this fathomless sorrow
Is the punishment of loving a stranger this cruel
She gave me all, more than any girl ever gave
And me, I'm going away leaving her dead

What did I give her except sadness and sorrow
I tortured her with my ego and quirks of fancy
Even my love for her I hid from the world
A proud girl, she submitted to all for love

She was stronger of us, she is still
Amidst tears and cries never said ?Don't go'
But now she is going from room to room
Wailing and sobbing and saying repeated byes

The nearer separation came she clung to me more
In her sorrow I forgot my own gnawing pain
If both fall prey to sorrow, lost count of things
We may do something desperate, utterly foolish

I carried her in my arms, drove back last time
As I had carried her that night of last fight
I kissed her adieu, she came out of the trance
And whispered on my lips ?I'll come to airport'

At the airport were friends and well-wishers
And sure there was she a perfect colleague
All smiles with just enough of sadness
At the parting of a peer, friend and boss

She said formally, ?Goodbye; We'll miss you'
But managed to whisper in my ear ?I love you'
I kissed her on the cheeks, our last kiss
Oh! the sweetest, the bitterest of them all!

I went to tarmac she was alone away from others
Waving good-bye but saying, ?Don't go; Come back'
I knew at that instant I was leaving my life behind
I'll come back dead to reclaim my love again

Krisn goes to meet Radha2 in the woods of Gokul3
Finds her in the bower in the mango grove
All in tears and soaked in rain
A rose bud quivering under stifled sighs
'Ere she knew it he had said Good Bye
Now she beholds him going away, away, away
Through tears, through foliage, through woods
Far away through mist and rains, going away
Krisn stops before turning the last winding path
And going away from her life for ever
Glances back at her through rains and mist
Through woods, foliage and tears, from far, far away
Sliced sheet of stream dispersed by a slab of stone
Behind which on the emerald mossy mattress
Lonely nubile pink flower on a svelte stalk
Trembling in shower of tears waves Good Bye, Bye
Stop, go not, return, not turn away
Leave me not, me leave not, not leave me
Come back, it?s not too late, still come back
Come back to your love, your life, your wife!


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