Traveling through time- A sestina


The bus is on its winding way
young  and old travelling to a distant bay
trees on the road side sort the rays from heaven
In rhythmic harmony, on their seats strangers sway
Windows frame the men fishing on the river’s side
Time stops while the bus moves on and away

Life! Here is some time to while away
A pilgrimage to lands yet to come our way
Silence stretches out arms to every side
A cow moos, a wave laps at a rocky bay
A storm is fair too if someone shares the sway
Under the green corn, a poet plants a secret heaven

Ducks muse in another wormy heaven
Green guavas  punch the air, the bus moves away
Dusk kissing its rays, the sun begins to sway
Barren roads dotted with pines all the way
Daylight dims, earth still glows, the sky is a neon bay
Hazy mountain shapes loom on either side

Night takes the centre stage, clouds at her side
swirling up the sweat of labour, churning out a heaven
Earth wears black for the day has left her dark bay
A cold town sprints by, the village has receded away
Love birds fly home, a pale moon is on her way
Shawls, mufflers and sleep dull the bus’s rickety sway

Jewels in the sky looking for a poet to sway
winking from glass panes on either side
Doubts rack minds set on a material way
A moment to count the blessings from heaven
for u
nder a common sky, strangers fade away
Wheels turn, the bus is now a warm, sheltered bay

A black form fades, dogs bay
At the end, the body stays in motion and the feet sway
Death- a sojourn to throw some debris away
They alone matter who stay at one’s side
Know we hold the one and only heaven
A smile is only some more love on its way

 envoi
Trees outgrow the Bay, old age begs at the road Side
Travelers in time’s Sway never reach a dreamt Heaven
Life lumbers Away, time never retraces the same Way
©Reena Prasad
edited 4th feb 2014

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