(In memory of Ma)

In the river, in the clouds,

In the wide expanse of the universe

I sought to see your face again

And when it came, it moved me

There you stood,

With your never fading smile

Entranced in the magnificence of your presence,

I didn’t feel the cold wintry wind from the river

As it hit my face and made my ears numb

But my eyes were fixed on your beautiful face

As you looked into mine, inquiringly

As if asking if I’ve been well

And recalling what you told me on this day

I smiled, and reached for your hand

I held it, and felt it …

I wanted to hear your voice again

And the last words you said to me

When I last saw you this day, but a year ago

And right there, in the momentary trance

You smiled,

As you did this day, but a year ago

You held my hand,

As you did this day, but a year ago

You nodded

As you did this day, but a year ago

And then,

Looking into my eyes again

You said,

Son, it will be alright

Like you did this day, but a year gone past.

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