Eyes and suitcase

With a few thudds of a relatively newer cloth
The dust cloud flew before the anticipating eyes
Pin drop silence broken by the zzziping sound
The suitcase was opened after decades.

Black and white photographs
Brought colourful nostalgia
In the sparkling eyes
The suitcase was opened after decades.

A college degree of two of those eyes
The laughing echo of the past in present
Tears for the loving and caring deceased
His suitcase was opened after decades.

Our memories turned to my precious
Our childhood to my good days
All but dust was divided among shameless eyes
The suitcase was happily closed for decades.

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28 thoughts on “Eyes and suitcase

  1. milliethom August 29, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    I can well imagine the wonder (and, perhaps, trepidation) of opening a suitcase that had been closed for decades. You create the suspense of opening the case well, from the dust being swept away to unzipping the case and looking inside. Such nostalgia… How wonderful to find black and white photographs, and even a college degree. Old things stir such memories in us – and remind us of things we’d forgotten. Those items are a legacy to family who will come later: a family history to treasure. I really like the theme of your poem, Prateek. πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli August 30, 2015 / 8:50 am

      Thank you so much, Millie. I don’t know if you are aware, yesterday was the “Rakshabandhan” – a festival celebrating brother-sister love. So all the cousins got together and with their parents, opened a suitcase of their parents’ father. All you said is completely true!
      The joy that forgotten memories and abandoned achievements bring can never be replaced by the latest materialistic things πŸ™‚
      It is really great to know that you liked it πŸ™‚

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      • milliethom August 30, 2015 / 3:10 pm

        What a lovely festival. Preserving your heritage, and all those family memories, is so important. And to share them with other family members must be wonderful fo you all. I treasure the old photos, birth and wedding certificates etc. my mother left for us. They go back to the beginning of the 20th century. Your poem made me think of all that, so thank you for writing it. πŸ™‚

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      • Prateek Kohli August 31, 2015 / 6:20 pm

        It is really very delightful to know that you were transported to a lost but lovelier world, Millie. And yes, this is undoubtedly my favorite festival πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli August 30, 2015 / 9:27 am

      Thank you so much! And so nice to hear from the magnificent journalist again πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  2. AdiC August 30, 2015 / 3:50 am

    Accentuating the sounds in the first stanza, playing with colours in the second, the way it ends – defining a pause which ends as abruptly as it started… I love all of it.

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    • Prateek Kohli August 31, 2015 / 2:40 pm

      I thought I was probably unable to convey what I witnessed. You are definitely a great reader. Thank you so much for that πŸ˜€

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  3. brunda bru August 30, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Loved the impeccable flow and that impact of your words on us..especially the last and the first sentences won to the star words of the poem:) totally loved it:)

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    • Prateek Kohli August 30, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      I am humbled by your lovely words of praise. Thank you so much for these πŸ™‚ Really glad you found it worth loving☺

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  4. shefalijha September 1, 2015 / 11:52 am

    “Black and white photographs
    Brought colourful nostalgia
    In the sparkling eyes”

    How beautifully you express all the emotions associated with the memories. The feeling that passes when you come across something after decades, you live into it for a few moments and then again you go back into the ‘present’ world. Wonderfully expressed Prateek πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli September 5, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Shefali for understanding the thoughts behind the words so deeply and accurately! I really miss this coherence of your thoughts. Super glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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      • shefalijha September 6, 2015 / 4:45 pm

        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
        Always wonderful to read your blogs.
        Awww that’s such a sweet compliment πŸ™‚

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  5. Ayushi Jain September 1, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    A beautiful way of the expression -‘Memories’. Excellent job! πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli September 5, 2015 / 6:43 pm

      Your compliment makes it more special. Thank you Ayushi. Hope you are doing good πŸ™‚

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      • Ayushi Jain September 6, 2015 / 2:42 am

        Yeah. I’m fine. What about you?

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  6. Aakansha September 1, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    I cleaned my room yesterday and saw so much stuff after DECADES.
    What a coincidence that I read this poem today!
    Very relatable. πŸ™‚

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  7. izza ifzaal September 4, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    I was just wondering to send you an email asking where were you lol but great to see you now πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli September 5, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Izza, oh Izza! I think I came a bit earlier 😁
      I missed you too😜 I am either in office or stuck in traffic or else sleeping these days. This is as sad as it sounds 😁
      How are you?? I saw a few changes in your page but wanted to read your posts with an empty mind at a quiet place so they are still unread 😞
      I really hope that I read my favorite poet’s magic soon πŸ˜ƒ

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  8. InkMode September 6, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    After a long time. All my messages from my last time has been ignored?
    Aise, a great poetry, again.
    πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli September 16, 2015 / 3:32 am

      You might have to repeat those messages or remind me where were those messages sent πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much ^_^

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      • InkMode September 16, 2015 / 9:18 am

        The wait will be long this time….

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      • Prateek Kohli September 16, 2015 / 9:34 am

        It’s okay. Some things are worth waiting for πŸ˜›
        But why? You found the recipient of your letter? πŸ˜€ (refering to your latest post)

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