An Elegy To Me…

The memory is getting eroded.

By the river of new happenings.

Yet I see it on the back of my inner eye,

An old painting is seen after a long time.


Paint has coated the canvas.

The sky, in pitch black, dotted with stark white,

Lamps covering the lane with a yellow sheen,

Lamps under which, lovers seek each other till dawn awakes.


It is now rarely used.

For there is seldom a car to pass by.

Aged old trees stand like sentinels.

And towering above all are abandoned buildings.


So stationary and stranded.

But people do trace it, at times.

To avoid the traffic from the main road.

Or to relive the nostalgia of old days.


Often, I sit and recall those memories.

Filling up the nooks and corners of my old mind.

They say my last days should be spent with my beloved.

That I need to change my ways with time.


They change rapidly like the Universe.

But I fear for myself and for my street.

That we will remain allegiant to old times.

That Grumpy Old Buck will forever be caretaking his lane.


This street is my beloved alone.

For it is where we had our trysts.

I am a fool who waits with blind faith.

But how can I ever escape from memories?


In my dreams alone do I see you

With long dark hair flowing like ink.

And your emerald eyes never looking back

From where you’d said goodbye.


I realize it, too late.

I am already halfway across the Styx

Spent years waiting to hear your voice again,

But all I hear now is the irony in regret.


Charon has reached the other side

And I awake from the dream of life

A life which I never truly lived.

While my beloved street now bears a grave.

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Image credits: Google Images

Hey folks!

I know I’ve not been posting a lot these days but I do assure you that my absence will be made up very soon…And this was one of my very first poems without a rhyming scheme so please do leave your views about it in the comment section below!

Happy reading!😊

27 Comments Add yours

  1. MANISHA SINGH says:

    Loved it!

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  2. floatinggold says:

    As painful as it can be – life truly does go on.
    Remembering isn’t bad. But forgetting about everything just to remember that one thing can be deadly. As you nicely have proven.

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    1. That’s true. Forgetting about everything else to remember a memory you can’t relive can consume you in its desire…
      Thank you for passing by, Goldie! And for sharing your priceless words with me. I really appreciate it.

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  3. ashchase19 says:

    Loved your poem Rachel.
    looking forward for more of them.

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    1. Thank you Ash!! And keep blogging!

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  4. An exceptionally written, daunting piece, crafted with brilliant thoughts.

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    1. Rashi Singh says:

      Thank you for those kind words, Lance!

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      1. My sincere pleasure, Rashi.

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  5. Tom Burton says:

    Beautifully vivid language, Rashi! Fantastic poetry πŸ™‚

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    1. Rashi Singh says:

      Thank you, Tom! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ How is everything?

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      1. Tom Burton says:

        Things are good, Rashi! πŸ˜ƒ Going to publish something this afternoon about blogging once a week, then another short story coming on Friday if you’re interested. Hope you have a good week ahead!

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      2. Rashi Singh says:

        You bet I’m interested! Will check it out now!

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  6. Beautiful poem my friend. I wish you well. I find free verse poetry can be extremely liberating when you’re looking to express deep rooted feelings. How did you feel about it?

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    1. Rashi Singh says:

      Thank you, Matthew! Yes, I can’t help but agree with you. Writing without any rhyming scheme is very liberating. I had written this a few months ago and re-published it yesterday. So, I’m not sure what I felt right at the moment I wrote this but free verse poetry, in general, feels…refreshing to me. What about you?

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      1. Most of my poetry is free verse now. Then I can spend more time delivering my message and story without worrying about the rhyme scheme. Plus you can still make it sound beautiful. You just need to read it back to yourself and change bits and pieces when necessary. 😎

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      2. Rashi Singh says:

        Yeah, some of your poems that I’ve read so far are free-verse. I get why you choose free-verse. As you said, you don’t have to worry about the rhyme scheme.
        Every writer I meet gives me the same advice. To read the poem out aloud. And it is great advice. It works most of the time. Thanks for sharing your views, Mathew!

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      3. I love poetry. It’s such an amazing way to be able to express yourself, and those other writers are certainly correct. I play with my poems for hours sometimes before it sounds just right. The funny thing is, sometimes in the real world I have issues expressing myself. In writing it’s easier somehow… I’ll try to keep up on your poems 😁 Keep it up!

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      4. Rashi Singh says:

        I so agree with you. It’s easier to express yourself in a poem…Maybe it’s weird but sometimes when I’m walking through nature, I start forming poetry in my mind and as soon as I get home, I write it down. It’s just that the feeling of being able to create something beautiful out of your thoughts is amazing.
        Oh, I started rambling, huh? Guess, I’ll stop.πŸ˜…

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  7. The Pensieve says:

    Errmm… First of all, I’m sorry that I took two months to read it πŸ˜… The truth is that I had saved this post a long time ago and had completely forgotten about it…

    About the poem… The premise is certainly good and intriguing. Although the complete absence of a rhyme scheme and a structure does keep the reader from truly engaging with the poem. It’s not exactly free verse either, because then, there’d be no stanzas πŸ˜… (Sidenote:- I hate free verse)

    But seeing that this was one of your very first poems, it ain’t bad! And this is a testimony that proves how far you have really come in just over a year. So don’t be discouraged! Because only when we look back do we realize the miles we have traveled so far.

    Hoping to seeing you active very soon! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Rashi Singh says:

      Hey, I am just glad that you read it. You certainly don’t have to apologize. I know, sometimes not having a rhyme scheme is…irritating. I didn’t know that having stanzas meant that the poem wasn’t free verse. Guess I should research more about these points in the future.
      Although I do find free verse relaxing.
      Thanks! Can I just say how much I love the way you criticize my work? It pushes me to keep improving. Thanks a lot.
      Yeah, you know what? I’m gonna start writing now. Start by the award posts and then to content.πŸ˜€

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      1. The Pensieve says:

        You love the way I criticise your work? πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚ Honestly, it sounded like sarcasm to me. So I was confused at first. But then I got it. Wow! Thanks a lot for saying that, Rashi! You may be one of those very few rare people who truly appreciate my criticism and don’t take it as a show of dominance, egotism or patronisation. And for that I am very grateful. ‘cuz I have lost people because of this in the past.

        Oh, it’ll be great to see you back again! Looking forward to it! 😁✌️

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      2. Rashi Singh says:

        I know it sounded like criticism (which is not what I intended it to be) so I added the last line.πŸ˜…
        And of course, I said that. My writing has improved a lot from the kiddish mess it was. Doesn’t mean it’s not kiddish now but you know what I mean. And a lot of the credit goes to you!
        And it bugs me how people mistake criticism for dominance…πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ But I’ve done that a few times, too, so it would be hypocritical of me to comment on that. Maybe, we should present our criticism in the best possible way. Like point out the error and then appreciate the other aspects o

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      3. Rashi Singh says:

        I know it sounded like criticism (which is not what I intended it to be) so I added the last line.πŸ˜…
        And of course, I said that. My writing has improved a lot from the kiddish mess it was. Doesn’t mean it’s not kiddish now but you know what I mean. And a lot of the credit goes to you!
        And it bugs me how people mistake criticism for dominance…πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ But I’ve done that a few times, too, so it would be hypocritical of me to comment on that. Maybe, we should present our criticism in the best possible way. Like point out the error and then appreciate the other aspects of the work. Sort of what you do with me.πŸ˜€
        Yep! Bye.

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      4. The Pensieve says:

        Errmm… Yeah. I guess that’s the way to criticize! πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚

        And well… Not all the credit goes to me, Rashi. A lot also goes to you. Because of the positive way you took it. Many people either blatantly ignore it in a sense of self pride or fail to apply it just because they don’t give it much importance. You, on the other hand, have been steady so far! So I think that you’ll go far! ☺️

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