Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Friday, 30 August 2013

song - eternal



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There ,

Over the distant horizon 
the sun is setting
in majestic solemnity ;

Over the clouds ablaze ,
hovers the veil of
placid , azure sky  ;

And behold  !

Across the stretching plains ,
in fields green ,
a new life springs
from the bosom of Mother Earth ,

-- that song eternal

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31 Aug 1953

My song - eternal.



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From over the blue horizon 
comes the call
of my beautiful maid  ;

O , Fair One ,

Your voice has pierced
my heart 
and the pain
is unbearable  !

My Love !

My heart is aflame 
with your memories
and
my soul alust ;

You are my song - eternal ,
for 
you come of my life  !

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29  Jan  1952



Your memory



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My Love ,

To my soul 
have I pledged ,
thy burning flare of love
to keep alive  ;

And dwell 
happily ,
and roam 
in the realms 
of your memory 


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29 Aug 1953

Song of life



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Over thy breast ,
in rhythm of stormy crest ,

Amazon ,

I will sing,
a song of life

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05 Sept 1953

coral isles



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Yonder there ,

In the blues of pacific ,
on coral isles ,
where gulls scream by the day 
and rest by night ,

is the abode of my dreams 

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31 Aug 1953

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

K - 2



__________________________________________ Thou standed high
like Hercules of old,
resting the fathomless depths
of azure sky,
on thy mighty sinews  ;

Man ever strived,
to kiss
the hovering veil of mist ,
concealing a vision , all divine  ;

Centuries rolled on ,
with each of them ,
thy towering heights
lured the man from distant lands,
who whispered ,

     " Excelsior  ! "

Year after year ,
the little dwarf
crossed glaciers
scaled precipices steep ,
defying the raging blizzard ,
only to have a faint glimpse
of your victorious smile !

You 
K-2

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04 Aug  1954

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This Western Wind



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Beloved One ,

This western wind
brings to me,
thy call irresistible,
from over the distant horizon ;

As you revealed yourself today ,
disclose everyday 

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23 March 1954

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Song of Love



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Oh, You !
Who is sweeter than life ;

with my forehead rested on thy breast ,
glad shall I be,
to depart this ugly world ,
and hear you sing a song of eternal love ,
incessantly 

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12 March 1954

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Divine



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Thou hast filled
    The blue above
and the dust below
    With thy beauty divine

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18 March 1954

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Who Knows ?



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Is this my mind  ?

Or , is it another galaxy ?

Who knows,
who cares ,
when life is so short
why waste time
on such stupid questions ?

Why not just be happy,
stupid , ignorant happy ,
and stop tearing soul apart,
stop dying
daily ;

This ignomious thousand deaths,
this immolation
of the self ,
to rise again and again from ashes
to die 

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22 Mar 1964

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What shall I sing ?



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How can I sing
without betraying myself  ?

And what shall I sing ,
of spring ,
in far away wilderness,
that I cannot feel ?

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25 Apr 1962

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Lilacs



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Tomorrow
when I am dead
you will cry ;

But life ought to be beautiful
and
bring you such happiness

that I should be soon
forgotten,
as also the sorrow,

except when you bring
lilacs to my grave

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26 Mar 1964

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Cloudless Sky ( Banyan Tree )



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Away ,
some thousand thousand fathoms ,
away
from a lonely stone ,
under the shade of
a still more lonely banyan tree  ;

The land strewn far
under a blazing sun,
parched and dark ,

and rose to a hillock,
where the earth
the thirsty earth,
kissed the cloudless sky

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17 Oct 1955

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O , My Cleo !



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I am happy to have
known you ,
and borne you
so constant ,
in the anguish of my heart ;

Oh , happy , happy , happy  !

To you this I owe
and if I could ever say,
it has always been
You ,
O , my Cleo !

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13 Mar 1964


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TO FORGET ( memories )


https://youtu.be/X5Prf3RCIO8


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Isn't it best to forget
than forever to remember,
the memories
of the yester-years
that bring
more pain than pleasure ?

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Lawrence
09 Dec 1957

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Ripples in the ocean



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Many a cruel blow
the fate has dealt ,
only to dissipate
in time ,
like ripples
of disturbed waters ; 

On
all but one,
a torture
the torment of a lonely heart ;

Unyielding foe
from within ;

That fades away in daylight ,
moon-inspired
overpowering in the night

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Lawrence
18 Dec 1957

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Late at Night



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Late at night
it rained ;

to relieve
the grief-laden heart
of its own  ;

Only 
to drown the lover's 

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09 Apr 1964

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Point of No Return ?



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In the bottomless
depths of despair ,
how far can you sink
before you know ,
you have passed
the point of no return  ?

But , isn't it best ,
not to know  ?

That can't hurt you
anymore if you don't 
than when you did  !

If this be true,
I am glad I know not ,
that
I so much want not -

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Lawrence
21 Nov 1957

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A breeze descends



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At last ,
the long summer is leaving ,
it's pain revealing
in blazing autumn ,
a glow 
of red and yellow ;

A breeze descends
from a blue sky ,
cool and crisp ,
and grips
the young heart
with a tender fever ;

Ah , this sweet thing ,
this desire 
to hold her
close to my heart
in a gentle caress ,
comes to life
with a quiver ;

And a tide
of elemental force 
engulfs
my craving soul  


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Lawrence
18 Sept 1957

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My Melancholy Friend



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He sits there
in a chair ,
and broods
about the past :

The glorious , happy 
carefree days ,

But his young memories
soon exhaust ;

And the endless time,
reluctant to move
bores him :

The overpowering loneliness
of the present
engulfs
and makes him run
to the crowd ,
where in vain ,
he seeks 
to drown himself
in the commotion
and small talk,
over endless cups 
of iced tea 


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Lawrence
15 Aug 1957

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Wisdom of the Sphinx



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Under the canopy
of the eternal sky,
I look
at the yonder Sphinx
Majestic
not immortal ,
yes , aging ;

For stones shall crumble
into tiny sands,
for immortal 
truly are
the shifting seas
of sands  ;

And they will tell
the posterity ,
how greatness succumbs
and the Man persists  ;

The wisdom of
the silent Sphinx

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Lawrence
06 Aug 1957

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

A certain Joy



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These days will pass,
these nights
will no more be,
of staring alone at a starry sky  ;

This crushing burden
of loneliness,
will no more ,
my soul anchor
to the earth  ;

A certain joy 
will replace
this agony
of an aching heart  ;

And these lost looks
on my face ,
will someday fade ,
into a meaningful smile ;

Till then
Oh , come all woes,
I welcome you

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Lawrence
31 July 1957

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Without a purpose ( On a moving train )



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On a summer afternoon,
I look out of the window
of a moving train
and watch the white clouds
float in a deep blue sky -
without a purpose , I presume .

And then rest my eyes
on green fields
studded with tractors
and combines ;

Even an airplane
and numerous windmills,
tanning in the summer sun,
when the wind is vacationing .

As we ride fast,
swifter fly my thoughts,
for soon I am weary
of playing a fascinated child ;

So with half closed eyes,
I send the thoughts
probing the distant past ;

when one darts,
like a misguided missile,
or
better,
manouvered by wishful thinking ,
into the future,
to return to the present,
without a broken barrier,
( but all its ribs ! ),
when the train comes to a jolty stop .

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Missouri
23 July 1957

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

At the helm



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To some,
this life is a mere dream,
whose sequence planned
by a force unseen ;

To me
it's more
than a mere
desire to live  ;

A voyage
it is for me ,
may be
not carefully planned ;

And
though , the ship
may wreck and sink ,
at the helm
it shall be me 

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Lawrence
15 June 1957

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