Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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That sudden silence
between
conversations.
An abrupt minute
between
those hours.
It's when there's
nothing much to exchange.
A void from nowhere breaks in,
And you can almost hear:
The stirring spoon,
The drone of the air conditioning,
The soft clicks
on the keypad
while someone messages
from the table behind,
And the clash of a plate
falling flat on its face
at a distance.

You only then notice:
Your nails need to be clipped,
A spello
on the Cafe's tent card;
The ceiling turns
into a masterpiece,
Which you gaze at,
and admire.
You want to talk some more
yet the topic feels tired,
and it wants to retire.

This silence is like
that last piece of
chocolate chip cookie;
Left, in between,
on a white ceramic plate.
For once,
you want to bite in
and indulge.
But you fear reaching,
For it might just
finish that instant.
While on the other side,
You don’t want to
leave it untouched.
It just tempts you
And yearns for your attention;

You clear your throat,
and utter a word.
Coincidentally,
there’s a word
from the one before you;
Clashing with yours
at the same time.
A demure exchange of smiles.
There’s silence once again.

Now will you reach for the cookie?
Or, will you keep on?

11 comments:

Priyanka Khot said...

Only you can give words to a silent moment.

BEAUTIFUL!

Smriti said...

"This silence is like
That last piece of choco chip cookie
Left on a white ceramic plate
In between.
For once, you want to bite in and indulge
Yet you fear reaching for it
might just finish that instant."

Beautiful lines.

Menina said...

That awkwardness always makes me smile, and I tend to embrace it.

I enjoy the first time that an awkward silence becomes a share comfortable silence. That shows a familiarity that can only come with trust, I think.

autumn leaves said...

:)Sometimes we have a lots to share and we start talking to ourselves..its then silence speaks for itself..

Rini said...

T-R-U-S-T (mutual)

Period.

Cinderella said...

Absolutely love this!

I could actually see the whole picture swim right here in front of my eyes.

Wonderful!

And thanks for dropping by!

Dark Knight said...

too good bro...jus goes to prove that silence is indeed loud...jus beautifully etched and scripted with simplicity...love it! big fan! :)

nincompoop-aka-charu said...

reading you after a long time, and rightly rewarded!!

You only then notice:
Your nails need to be cut,
The spelling error in Today's Special
On the Cafe's tent card;
The ceiling turns into a masterpiece,
Which you gaze at and admire.

true and beautiful! left speechless!!

Rajvi said...

Had to finally comment on this one..

My favourite pic or coffee mugs and beautifully written piece..

Keep scribbling and clicking :)

Rajvi said...

Had to finally comment on this one..

My favourite pic or coffee mugs and beautifully written piece..

Keep scribbling and clicking :)

Nisha said...

Silence will never be silence again... Thank you for this post! :)