On Arrival
(At Wellington Gymkhana Club, Coonoor)

The quietness of the hour,
deserved respect.
The seclusion was so complete,
I realized the loneliness:
within me.

in sun and in shaded place,
many-flowered layouts,
pitilessly displayed:
the fatal rank of their impermanence!

The seclusion was so complete,
I felt the loneliness—
devouring me…

28th April 2011

Geeta Chhabra

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