Partings, Bitter and Sweet…

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

– Edna St. Vincent Millay: “Dirge Without Music”


They say learning to let-go is the hardest lesson of life. For it is not a person’s thoughts that are missed in their absence, as much as their thoughtfulness. All things do come to an end and when the farewells have all been said and done or in cases tacitly implied, parts of them – their sentiments, their gestures remain with us; having subtly shaped us and that shared past into the present. What is missed is their twinkling eyes and singular statements that betrayed a yearning, and the delicate significance within those ephemeral moments that withheld a thousand promises.

To forget them is to deny your very being and to live with them nigh impossible. So what must a man do? How does one accept and move on?


6 thoughts on “Partings, Bitter and Sweet…

  1. Aetos says:

    Made me smile. Good to see you back here again.

  2. Another lovely ‘farewell-y’ post after the Roorkee poem on your blog!! On a lighter note, thoughtlessness of someone’s thoughts is also something that at times we miss as much as their thoughtfulness!

    Glad to see you back. Hope I will get to read regular stuff here more often!


  3. Rimpi Rajput says:

    “People go when they are ready to go, not when you are. We are all just travelers on the same river, grandparents, parents, sons and daughters. We all have our time on the river. We do what we can before we disappear. ”
    from Duma.
    (Just add friends along with family to the above quote)
    Good to see your post after such a long time!!

  4. Pranav Singh says:

    @ Amit: You are absolutely right! Everything about them – even the little insignificant ones, their uniqueness as well as shortcomings – are remembered.

    @ Rimpi: Duma taught me two things: seeing things through to the end and learning to let-go when it’s time.
    I guess we feel hurt when people are ready to leave and we are not.

  5. Triple H says:

    It is time you are drawn into the deep, dark sadness that is Coldplay. Start with The Hardest Part.

  6. Pranav Singh says:

    Triple H… this comes after a long time. For the record, I have already given myself to the dark side. And yes the song is beautiful!

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