Is it love ? / Poem by Lily Swarn

Poem by Lily Swarn
 
 
Is it love ?
 
Remember those days when
you would tell lies to save me from the teacher’s wrath?
Say that you forgot my notebook home ?
I think that was love
 
Or the time when you stood in front of me
To ward off that resounding slap ?
I think that was love
 
The last bite of missi roti that you loved
But kept for me for you knew that I loved it too ?
I think that was love
 
The pouring rain you drove through ,wet to the skin
To deliver my favourite flowers at my doorstep
I think that was love
 
Or when you told the sun to go away
And requested the stars to come out ?
I think that was love
 
The wilted flowers of jasmine
that you kept all day in your palm
To give me one whiff ?
I think that was love
 
The particular baby pink that suited me
How you hunted it out for me
Sweating in the sweltering heat ?
I think that was love
 
You never ever said it you know
I never asked you to say it either
For I knew that it was love
 
How easily we bandy this word about
The hallowed sacrosanct word
It pops out from every page
Stares from every corner
Are you sure it is love ?
 
Copyright Lily Swarn 6.8.2017
 

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