You Can’t Be Too Careful With Love
Everything will wilt and fade And die. Except love Which will not, for It is forever fresh When alive. When love dies it Does not wilt and fade. Its death is sudden, instant. It lies in your arms, A heavyweight Manacling you, wrapping Your arms tight Against your chest. Chaining your feet Rendering you immobile Drying your eyes, Your throat. You struggle To survive. But you bend and stoop Wilt and fade, and that is how You die. Wilting and fading Because of love. Carrying A dead love that goes nowhere Taking you with it Slowly, painfully, so merciless In its taking As it was generous in its giving. You can't be too careful with love.
The fire burns Under a Spring sky A life done. Another goodbye Each day turns Into an inferno. Goodbyes are hard Memories remain Trying to breathe. Tying up loose ends, The threads unraveling These unsteady hands. Clutch at straws They ignite easy Ash rims the eyes.
Abha Iyengar is an award-winning, internationally published poet, author, editor, and British-Council-certified Creative Writing mentor. She was longlisted for the WE Kamala Das Award 2020 . Abha won the Kota Press Anthology contest (U.S.A., 2003). She was a Featured Poet at Prakriti Foundation’s Poetry Festival 2010. She has eight published books to her credit, and her collection of poems is titled, “Yearnings”. Her poems have been included in various journals and anthologies, most recently Sahitya Akademi’s, “The Lie of the Land” (2020). “Parwaaz” (her poem-film) won the Special Jury Prize in Patras, Greece.