Time flies by when the love of our lives is our companion. Describing his experience while helping his lover reach her home on a rainy day, poet Rahul Mehra writes about his relishing experience during their journey. The poem “Umbrella Walk” is a romantic expression of living his dream on a cloudy day.
I opened my umbrella along with my heart for her
A surprised look on her face immediately drained with the rain and she took a step inside the temple in which I pray
Thereby initiating the umbrella walk
Her voice was so enchanting
Her face felt like the cold breeze, freezing my gaze
Little I could hear the outside world
Little could I see it as if it shrank and shrank until the round umbrella became my entire world
A world with only me and her
A world I held tightly and firmly so as to never let it go
Rain thrashed the vibrating sound in the air
And draped the world like a silent night
My heart kindled lantern-like and became the light in the enclosed umbrella,
And she felt like the air it needed to glow in this deep dark globe
And like flies hovering around warmness,
With brightness came the mischievous rain droplets drumming on the umbrella sliding,
Scattering and finally peeping through the tips of the umbrella ribs.
So curious to see the world, I stopped with my one scolding spin of the handle in swooshing laugh, and they ran off.
Started moving again in the world to continue our umbrella walk.
Strong were the winds troublesome trying to flip the umbrella inside out
Trying to flicker the wick of the lantern but none could perturb.
With all my strength I clenched the handle in order to protect her from the whirly worries which the winds sent while I ensured our world was intact, we continued our umbrella walk.
In my eyes, my world started to shrink and so did she and our umbrella until my round eyes have become my entire world.
In time, a few blinks later, looking at the wavering hand and listening to the rain, my world started expanding until she reached the door.
I read on her lips the sweetest thank you and I shut the black domed temple realizing my wish was fulfilled while being dissolved in loving peace.
This contribution’s cover photo was designed by Nikhil Narayanasa.
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