On the other side of old, forgotten memories A car drive with friends, through busy, city streets — The busyness, a blur In the darkness within, the music from the stereo Wafted from him to me, me to him Kissing us ever so gently Upon our lips as we synched them with the lyrics — Because we couldn’t On the other side of old, forgotten memories Moonlight, tangible Bathing us in streams of pearly light Spotlight in a divine drama We clicked pictures of each other Blurred in the blackness of night The fun was vivid, the laughter real Framing a part of us to the moment On the other side of old, forgotten memories Alone in a well-lit room We looked deep into each other’s eyes Our hands itching to hold, to embrace Beyond the pain that had squeezed in between us The whirring fan tried desperately To cool our emotions But the heaviness, asphyxiating The barrier, too high to cross over To the other side Time-lapse Memories linger Untouched
Vidya Shankar finds meaning to life through yoga and meditative mandalas which invigorate her to write poetry. Her work features in the ‘Yearbook of Indian Poetry in English, 2020-2021’. Be it stories, articles, blogging, editing, her work is suffused with passion. Featured in a unique coffee table book, ‘50 Inspiring Women boys and girls should read about, Chennai Edition’, Vidya Shankar,is a motivational speaker and a “book” in the Human Library. She is the author of The Flautist of Brindaranyam (in collaboration with her photographer husband, Shankar Ramakrishnan), and The Rise of Yogamaya (an effort to sensitize her readers about mental health and the need to break free from an outdated society).