gulab khandelwal selected poems

Although, I have come close to your heart
Several times,
Have bathed in the moon-light of your beauty
Again and again,
Yet, the nights that remained unsung,
Floated away in the current of time,
Like flowers dropped from cupped hands.
Only that part of them,
Which I have been able to tie in words,
The taste of the lips,
The scent of the breathing,
The slanting movement of the eyes,
I wanted to give a name
To each of your gestures,
Give a new dimension
To every feeling of love.
But there is a limit to what language can express.
The tear-drops that fell on the earth
Were lost like water
But those became pearls
That reached the sea-shell of words.