Friday, August 19, 2005

The One

The waves are not kind tonight. They crash against the rocks on the shore in desperate anger of the past that surrounds them. They want to crush everything that gets in their way. They lap up the night with the sounds of their embrace cloaking every bit of the shore. He can feel it as he stands on the edge, looking, staring, hearing, feeling the moment the sea meets the shore.

The night is calm tonight. It watches over the waves and the rocks and softly wraps itself around their world. It is the dam that holds these feelings together. Every caress against its walls makes it stronger. For it feeds on love. He can feel it come closer to him as he looks up into it and waits for the moon to appear from behind the clouds.

He leans on the edge of the precipice of the rocks and looks down at the waves and up at the night. His time has come. He has walked to the edge and there is no looking back. There are two roads. One to the left and the other to the right. They both lead to places he has not known or seen. They both tempt him with the unknown.

He looks back at the road he has created, shaped. Not taken. For this road was not taken, for it was not there before. He looks back at the road and hesitatingly takes one step towards it. It is the longing that pulls him back towards it. His hand reaches out and feels the dampness of the waft in the air. There is magic in this night.

He remembers. Bits of the journey come back to him. Flashbacks. Colour. Then black and white. They move faster and faster till they come to now. He is here. And this is now.

Two roads wait for him. He has to take one. He closes his eyes and the world revolves around him. It stops with the one road in front of him. He takes the first step towards it. And sees the emptiness that lies ahead. Smiling, he starts shaping the new road.


45 comments:

chaos said...

just too good... i felt as if I was there... at the cross roads.
- abhi

PS: happy b'day to ur blog... :)

Samudraa said...

First things first-----kudos on completing one yr......looked at ur first ever post today and can see u've made tremendous progress :)

"Smiling, he starts shaping the new road."

the best way to have ended this piece....well done,sir!

And yes,this is what i call retaining the style and not sounding 'cliched'.

Itineranting said...

This reminded me of the photograph from one of your previous blogs.
And its been a great year of writing for you!

vAgue said...

happy birthday to the blog, .:A:.

Ram said...

i have enjoyed the road trip with you so far and i am sure that the journey forward will be just as good, if not better...

congrats on a full year of super blogging..:)!

The Arbit Council said...

one year? happy bday!

musafir said...

Lovely post - it always is satisfying to have "shaped" the road and not "taken" it. It's all about the roads that one "shapes" and those that one refuses to "take".

Happy birthday to the blog - or is there more to this day than meets the eye? ;-)

gulnaz said...

he is as brave now as he was at the begining of his journey, creating a new path still not succumbing to the fears of emptiness. he remembers, he watches, he absorbs all around him, spinning out wafts and weaves from all that into a fabric which tells the tale. the new road will be splendid and glorious, taking him on a yet new journey. carry my good wishes along. happy blogging anniversary!

btw, Every caress against its walls makes it stronger. For it feeds on love., i loved this.

blog on.

iamnasra said...

As I was writing my 2 poems in my 2 blogs. You came to mind so often..The reason is way beyond my explaination...Since i started reading your blog I have been so amazed on the way you have put your poetic thoughts..Amazingly enough innovative..I would love to be the one to follow on your track and see the road that you have taken a road where words and poetry are making a milestone...

As I sink deep into your words..I go back to Frost poetry

Eventually we have to choose one road...Those who are lucky as they are about to go deep into their path they scan it from a distance and as if with a six sense gift..they feel danger is coming so they retreat this road and take another path..some of us who are not able to calculate right at one point we fall in the pits of taken one road not the other..Yet we learn from the fall not matter how the bruise is

Anil said...

yippe! one year old! many many happy returns of the day..so where is the champagne?

Aristocrat said...

*sings happy birthday to blog* (though it's a lil out of character)

I love the story as everyone has their crossroads. I have just met mine and have chosen my path, though dark it may be. But I pray for you, if there is a crossroad ahead, whatever road you choose, that it shall be smooth and good for you....

Cheers

Paul said...

I think this is true - that we do shape our roads. I think it's true even for people who would deny it.

Seeking meaning is creating meaning.

Ash said...

:A:, lovely post. I didnt realise the significance till I read the comment box, but even before I knew what the 'roads' were all about, I liked it :)

Glad that you finished one year, and looking forward to hearing from you !

Gypsy Girl said...

:a:,
There are often two roads presented at many points in life, but usually only one of them is the right road!

Happy b-day, very inspiring to see how successful you have been.

Sayesha said...

Congratulations! :)

KJ said...

happy birthday to A's blog.....

Don't we all face crossroads in our life at a certain point in life?

sneha said...

esp liked this part:
He looks back at the road he has created, shaped. Not taken. For this road was not taken, for it was not there before.
its lovely...the endless possibilities open in front of you...the infinite no of permutations n combinations possible...so many of them never tried by anyone before...

rusty said...

The roaring sea....the tranquil night....the compelling crossroads.....the silent steps...weaving a road ...a destiny...?

atomicvelvetsigh said...

another year past; another year of choices ahead. thru the path that we all ponder, we sometimes reach a point where looking back, we see a road unfamilier without immediately knowing that we have already gone thru there. sometimes this makes us tread them again, sometimes this makes us turn our backs and go right straight ahead.
whatever road you wish to travel, may it be another year of inspiration for yor wonderful poetry...

cheers to your blog, to all blogs.. and to life!

wandering dervish said...

i read your post bottom up, i.e. the last paragraph first, and then on.
somehow, the picture wasn't disturbed.
brilliant.

wandering dervish said...

and of course, congratulations on completing a year of superb blogging! keep going, and here's to many more years!

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jawaher said...

wow ..i just start breathing normally now ..u make me feel lost like him :) ..so which road he chose the lift or the right ????

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luz de la luna said...

Happy Birthday :-)

- Martin

finnegan said...

try burning the birthday candle from both ends and see if you can't melt time.

Aradhita said...

After reflecting on your previous thoughts, I am now making up my mind abt the 'one' road that I have to choose...

cya

Me said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ENGLISH, AUGUST...

Pincushion said...

'He starts shaping the new road...'
Such hope there! We all live on that no?!!
Wish you all the best on your 'new road'!
Btw..the Bong was indeed you! Do I make any sense..LOL!!

. : A : . said...

chaos, vAgue, The Arbit Council, Aristocrat, Ash, Gypsy Girl, Sayesha, KJ, luz de la luna, avik - Thanks for the wishes!

Samudraa - Thanks. Am glad you see it that way.

Itineranting - Thanks. Which photograph does it remind you of?

Ram - Thanks. Will do my best to make the journey even better.

musafir - Agree completely, it always is satisfying to have "shaped" the road and not "taken" it. No more to meet the eye.

gulnaz, iamnasra, sneha, atomicvelvetsigh - Thanks for your lovely words.

Anil - Thanks. Have one on me for now!

Paul - Agree. Seeking meaning is creating meaning.

rusty - Possibly.

wandering dervish - Very interesting way of reading it. I went back and did the same after the comment and thought that it might have even been better the other way round. Thanks.

jawaher - The one that came to him.

finnegan - :-)

Aradhita - Best of luck!

Pincushion - Thanks. I know exactly what you mean.

Teleute said...

B'lated Happy B'day to you blog! and congratulations :D

www.gypsynan.blogspot.com said...

Wishing much happy blogging!

venus said...

u have an amazing skill of depicting a scene, it comes in front of your eyes as if you are watching all this happeing. good work!

Jithu said...

rocking narration... the crossroads of life..

Diva said...

This is great, A - universally appealing.

. : A : . said...

teleute, gypsynan - Thanks for the wishes!

venus, jithU, Diva Drip - Thanks!

Anonymous said...

wish you lots of new adventures and good luck to creating the new road
Wbix

. : A : . said...

Wbix - Thanks!

Itineranting said...

Saturday, May 28, 2005 -Walk on water

. : A : . said...

Itineranting - Got it!

Sudarshan said...

I wish you the best in creating the new road...looking forward for many more years of writing from you :) ..congratz on turning one.

. : A : . said...

Sudarshan - Thanks a lot!

Lorena said...

wow A, this is very intense & inspiring. you can feel the courage it took in choosing one path over the other. lovely.

. : A : . said...

Lorena - Thanks!