I took off fast on my horse
when I saw the forest on fire
You, who had ventured deep
amidst the pines, a while ago
dried as they were in the heat
scorching it was, this summer
a fire had started somewhere
had built itself now into a crown.
The logs of timber reduced to tinder
the horse though nervous did speed
through streaks of fire amid crashing pine
the dense smoke had made us to wheeze
wasn’t getting difficult for us both
could we surrender to the elements?
when you were there somewhere
lost yet near, waiting to be found.
As we gate crashed the rising flames
we did spy a patch of grass where
you were seen lying unable to move
with a heavy branch having fallen
that felled you as it came down
Tying the rope to the half burnt log
I asked my dear steed to back off
And then was, the tinder got moved.
I pulled dear you from underneath
Just as the fire seemed to engulf us all
‘Down you kneel’ I cried out to the horse
Helping you who could not now stand
to mount the stallion who was once
a part of a long forgotten battalion
then I jumped on to the stirrup
And how we sped, only the Lord knows.
With the fire singing on our heels
He stopped only when we were out
of the woods which had caught fire
But it kindled the lost love in us
never any fire can burn it down
nor the earth can engulf us down
partners we were, we will remain
Till these burnt woods remain…
40 thoughts on “Escape to Eternity”
This is wonderful.
Thank you Sadah
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This is an immensely powerful piece of writing – Absolutely beautiful Sunith.
Thanks once again
After going back to read this astonishing poem I was struck by the mythological role of the horse – a symbol of the body in many traditions. There is something wonderful that on this day of Christian crucifixion ( I as you know am not a Christian) one man and his beloved animal body self do not abandon one another.
Thank you Sara for your thoughts and enlightening me.
Sunith, I don’t know much about enlightening anyone but I was struck by the perception of horse and man stayed together.
🙂 but there is a lot i can learn from your perspectives at life and that helps me
Well, that’s true certainly for all of us isn’t it? So I am glad. If only more of us were listening…
Excellent poetic story!
Thank you Indira!
God the visuals in this poem are breathtaking!
So glad you liked it
A wonderful piece!
Thank you Rupali
An interesting and a powerful piece of writing.
Thank you Moushmi
That was beautiful, Sunith. Some relationships are stronger, stronger than all the elements that put it to test. Loved that last paragraph. Simply beautiful!
I am glad you liked it.
So very intense and deep. There is a mystique feeling hidden behind this poem.Great writing. Thank you for the follow, without which I would never have come across this talented blog.
Thank you much Anamika
Mention not please!
Wow Sunith u r a great writer. Powerful words with so much depth in each word. Awesome
I am humbled
Thank you Vibha. I am glad you liked it
Enjoyed the story unfolding. Thank you for sharing.
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The imaginary in this poem is beautiful 😍
Loved the poetic story ❤
Thank you Vani
Very well written…..YBR
Thank you YBR
Wow what incredible imagery of your words, creating entire scenes as if watching it unfold, the intensity and depth of emotions and love itself triumphant and resilient through the most powerful elements – thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Thank you Pragalbha
Very well penned, Sunith.
Thank you Tanishq