LAST NIGHT

Last night

 

All night the wind swept over the house

The rain kept lashing the poor trees and the grass

They did not mind this truant intrusion

 

And through our dream

Swirling, gushing water through the streets ,

Muddy and gurgling

 

Rattling the windows,

Rustling around and below our bed

So that we rode

Over wild water ,at least in our minds

 

In a white ship breasting the waves.

We rode through the night

On green, marbled water

 

Half-waking, watched

The darkness , eroded peaks of  

Mental imagery

 

The lightening

Sailed past our windows;

Rode out the night into some  wild country,

 

And awoke, the house merged into silence,

Punctuated and pierced by pitter patter

Music transcending me into my childhood

 

And then it stopped

I saw it , through the motionless baleen of  branches,

And through time,

Light that shone

On a landscape of ivory,

The Sun shone

 

But its rays

At least for that day

Did not match , the munificence

Of the clinging raindrops and the games

They played in my mind

 

Ravi Upadhye

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