Gone though you have

Gone though you have, I heard your voice today.
I tried to make out what the words might mean,
Like something seen half-clearly on a screen:
Each savoured reference, each laughing bark,
Sage comment, bad pun, indiscreet remark.

Gone since you have, grief too in time will go,
Or share space with old joy; it must be so.
Rest then in peace, but spare us some elation.
Death cannot put down every conversation.
Over and out, as you once used to say?
Not on your life. You’re on this line to stay.

– Vikram Seth

To Ole and to Uncle Gupta, both of whom went away two years ago.

~ by tdcatss on July 12, 2011.

3 Responses to “Gone though you have”

  1. Thank you, Kaif! I thought this was an interesting poem about death!

  2. Thank you Debbie :) It reminded me of two friends who died a couple of years ago.

  3. very nice poem, quite intense.

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