by Arnab Majumdar
Somewhere, a paper plane crashed for the last time, into fresh snow.
A little kid left lonely footsteps behind as she ran in and out to retrieve that fallen paper
Only to forget her childhood mid-step, and rush away to grow up.
Somewhere, a snow-fort lay forgotten, shivering in the cold without the warmth of
While the General that built it now hammered real walls to bomb the cities within.
Somewhere, the snow-fort was soaked up by a dying sun.
Somewhere, the earth tilted and shifted and the days became longer and brighter
The boys stopped skating on the frozen lake, flying over the schools of fish still hovering
beneath the ice
To swim in the summertime lake, and win temporary prizes.
Somewhere, the prizes from that summer day lay hidden and forgotten, in the depths of
a college cupboard.
Somewhere, lavish dinners and free hugs were handed out when Grandma came over
She stayed with them for a fortnight, and told them stories that whisked them away
And soon, she was whisked back from them as well.
Somewhere, an old man with a whiskey in his hand remembers a half-forgotten story
about a snowman with a cigar
But he just can’t remember where he heard it before, his eyes brimming with bitter tears
that he doesn’t recognize.
Somewhere, a girl looks through a telescope to look at Dingo the Dog wagging his tail
He spots her from above, and smiles at her, and chases his tail the way he did to make
She spots a comet and looks away, and into the billions of galaxies telling trillions of
While Dingo still chases his tail, hoping that she would turn to him once again.
Somewhere, she studies the stars of Canis Major today, while a faded photo of Dingo
hangs from her telescope aimed at heaven.
While beneath their feet, a boat carrying forgotten stories slowly sinks away into an icy,
This poem was one of the winners of the dVerse Poets Pub second anniversary contest.