By Pramod Rastogi
LAST PEACE You are the glimmer that resides in me. I am spellbound by your aura. I take my every breath at your bedside, Waiting for your inner warmth To light the breath of life in you. And I have sat back listening To your dreamy whispering voice Flow like a stream of serenity, Sharing with me your zest for life, Yet ready to draw curtains over it. You look at me with imploring eyes As if seeking my permission To leave me to explore the other side. These calls have slowly become louder. The oxygen is often in short supply. The flame flickers while you lie there. The last few months have passed like this. They have taken a heavy toll on me, As we look at each other helplessly, Embracing the love that flowed Between our tear-filled eyes, We wait for the dreaded separation. The one that beckons us in its arms Is the one that torments me no end. One day, you chose silence over agony... I know that our love will linger long In hope of our next meeting. You have left me on your journey to heal. And with me fixated on you, I will sleep deep To awaken in your arms, never to leave again.
Pramod Rastogi is an Emeritus Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is the 2014 recipient of the SPIE Dennis Gabor Award. He is currently a guest Professor at the IIT Gandhinagar, India.
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