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  MY JOURNEY
INTO TIME
BACKWARD THROUGH MY MIND
TOOK ME TO
FORESTS OF CLOUDS
WHICH BECAME DARK
AND RAINED
ON THE WEEDS THAT
INDOLENTLY SWAYED
IN THE LUXURIANT GREEN BREEZE

AND AS IT BECAME DUSK
I HEARD MY MOTHER
CALLING OUT FOR ME
FROM AFAR
BEFORE I COULD HURL
THE LAST PEBBLE IN THE POND
AND FRIGHTENING A FROG AWAY
UNKNOWINGLY MADE RIPPLES OF MUSIC
I DID NOT WAIT TO COMPREHEND

THE COMPLICATED MAZE
CLEARS INTO THE TRANSPARENT INNOCENCE OF
MY CHILDHOOD
AND AS I THINK
OF ALL THE WISDOM
OF DISILLUSIONS ACQUIRED
I RECOGNISE THE UNSULLIED PAST
OF LANGUID TIME
BEFORE I TRAVELLED INTO
THE FUTURE OF DEHUMANISED PRESENT

AND I CLOSE MY WEARY EYES
TO RUN BACK AGAIN INTO
THE ONE TIME OF MY DISSOLUTE DAYS
WHICH I CAN RELIVE WITHOUT REMORSE:

THROUGH THE DENSE TREES
AND MARSHY CLEARINGS
AND SHRILL CRIES OF EXCITEMENT
OF PLAYFUL MISCHIEF
AND ENDLESS CAPACITY
TO MARVEL AND WONDER
AT EVERY SMALL SEARCH
AND DISCOVERY

THEN I HEAR MYSELF
CALLING OUT FOR ME
IN HELPLESS WISH
IF NOT TO BE ABLE TO
RETRIEVE MY LOSS
TO RETAIN AT LEAST
THE DESIRE AND ABILITY FOR
NOSTALGIA

ramesh gandhi