Friends, together after long years in different continents.
The evening is pleasant, there’s food and drink on the table.
Unforgettable stories from the past make their rounds,
Heard innumerable times, yet enjoyable in each retelling.
As the evening progresses we turn from fifty to fourteen.
A lot of singing together of loved songs, a lot of teasing, a lot of laughter,
As though we had not been separated for a moment.
No face to put on: each one knows the other like their own face in the mirror.
Happy for the other’s achievements and sad for the other’s losses.
The precious moments slip away like pearls held tight in fists.
At leave-taking we hug each other, a teardrop in each eye,
Loath to leave the other, holding on for a few seconds more!
And as I return home ruing the brevity of the meeting
I find my mind is rejuvenated and my heart is healed!
Dr. Elizabeth V. Koshy is a Professor in English Literature at Dr. Arvind B. Telang Senior College, Pune, India. Her poems have been published in edited anthologies by Sweetycat Press in 'Love', 'Song', 'Beauty' and 'Movement', Clarendon House Press in Poetica 3, 4, 5, 6, Gertrude's Writing Room, Caesurae, The Writers Club (Grey Thoughts), Stacy Savage's Poetry for a Cause, Lothlorein Poetry Journal, The World of Myth Magazine, Indian Periodical, Literary Yard, Spillwords and Rabble Review. Her CNF/memoirs have been published by Academy of the Heart and Mind, Impspired Magazine and Sweetycat Press. A poem is forthcoming in MockingOwlRoost and a short form in 101 words. Her poem 'The mystical conjunction' was selected by Sweetycat Press for 'The Jewels in the Queen's Crown' anthology in the 24 K Gold category.