Another Lifetime

On a busy afternoon, at the zebra crossing I waited. You stopped your car to give me way. I mouthed ‘Thank You’ at You and You nodded back at me. And in that moment, I know that in another lifetime, I knew You. You were my brother. And as you would get ready to go to college, I would mess up your hair and run away from you as fast as I could. Laughing out loud, You’d chase me till the backyard of our house. And as I cross the road today, I look back at You. Turning off your car engine and gazing at the red traffic signal. And today, I walk away from You.
On a foggy morning, I was walking to my office and I see You. Opening your florist shop, setting the flowers for display. You see me looking at You and You smile. Your eyes are lit and your smile is warm. I feel myself returning the smile. And in that moment, I know that in another lifetime, I knew You. You were my best friend. I’d get ready and knock on your door. And we’d walk up to school together every morning. The world was ours to explore. Sharing secrets with each other, we never knew how the time would fly. And as I continue walking, checking my watch; I look back at You. Tending to your freshly trimmed flowers, humming a tune to yourself, lost in your own beautiful world. And today, I walk away from You.
On a rainy evening, I was standing under the shelter of a bus stop. You were sitting on the far end of the bench. Perhaps it was my tapping of the feet or my hands clasping and unclasping. And You offered me your umbrella saying You had time to wait for the rain to stop. I took your umbrella feeling lucky. And in that moment, I know that in another lifetime, I knew You. You were my teacher, my mentor. Practising for hours together, we’d play the piano and You would take me on a musical journey which cannot be described in words. Where music would consume everything. And as I step out in the rain today and take a turn to my home , I look back at You. Old and benign, looking at the raindrops making swirls on the ground, making their way to the river bank, an expression of content on your face. And today, I walk away from You.
On a starry night, sitting in my bed room; the curtains slightly swayed in the cool breeze. And as I set them right, I saw the reflection of a girl on the glass door pane. With silver specs of stars and wispy clouds making their way over her face. As I looked at her, hands still on the strings of the curtains, she looked back at me. And in that moment, I know that in another lifetime, I knew You. You were there, before time, before concepts and facts, before I knew anything. And as I pull myself away and start to close the curtains, I look back at You. With the stars twinkling behind, You look almost like a dream to me. And today, I walk away from You.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Geena says:

    Hey Armaan, thank you for reading and commenting on the post 🙂

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