Stranger at the River Bank

I wanted to be alone and myself
needed to gather the scattered thoughts
and to escape the gloomy spell of social norms
casted upon me
So I took a walk to the river bank
where no one else went
Where no else but I thought the river looked beautiful
There he was
watching the water with such intensity
as if he was reveling in its beauty
and being fed from its strength
I wondered; if he was a hunter or just a prey…
Then he turned and looked at me
He didn’t smile, he didn’t greet
He didn’t snarl, nor did he chase me away
But he saw me
and accepted my presence silently
he moved back and forth
then made space for me
I stood next to him
there we stood on a lonely river bank
marveling at the beauty of the fierce river flow
drawing strength and warmth from each other
standing so close and yet so far away
knowing the time has come to leave
back to the lives we have sneaked away from
but unable to leave a stranger’s silent company
I wanted to be alone and my self
and on the lonely river bank I found my lost self
and a stranger with whom I could be my self
But…it was years too late


© Vindhya Colombage

39 thoughts on “Stranger at the River Bank

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  1. Very beautiful ! You have added a soul to the the unspoken yearnings and churning within . The constant urge to connect . The search for a soul mate . Beautifully written.

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      1. My pleasure, I am not a poetry lover, since usually I can’t able to comprehend the meanings.
        But yours ones I have to read twice I believe to get the meaning and context.


      2. Lol For some reason, I don’t grasp the meaning of poetry, tried my luck but failed.
        For me it’s more simple to understand that you liked how the waves comes and goes. And how much you have enjoyed the company. That’s how I get the meaning.
        My brain works like a computer 0 and 1 😎😎😎

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