Let me drink your glass of sorrow
And let your grief be mine.
You have emptied glasses of wine
And put a candle in each
To lighten your grief, by banishing
Love that had infiltrated our lives.
I sip slowly your lips of sorrow
And I clasp your tender hands.
Consolation is no remedy for a lover,
As its emptiness, woefully holy,
Adds more warmth to the burning light,
Melting my weary heart with her grief.
Friendship was our common goal.
We never knew when we fell in love.
Our hearts burned with passion
And always fondly perched in pair.
We lit candles for birthdays
And had dinners in candlelight.
Restlessness is the clamor of life.
The best of our dreams faded away
In the darkness of moonless nights,
As we sat enlaced in each other’s arms
With our glasses of wine and lit candles
To bid farewell to our pilgrimage of love.
Pramod Rastogi is an Emeritus Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (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 a Fellow of the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a Distinguished Fellow of the Optical Society of India (OSI). He was Editor-in-chief of the international journal of Optics and Lasers in Engineering (Elsevier, Oxford) between 1999 and 2019. He is also a guest Professor at the IIT Gandhinagar, India. His poems have been published in international journals like Muse India, Mediterranean Poetry, The Beautiful space, Borderless journal, Indian Literature (accepted), etc.