I have not seen the sun set so peacefully like this evening
Receding from this sea shore with slow valediction.
Here you stand with wide eyes
And gaze at the rising waves, your hand in mine, warm still.
How many dawns have we seen from this tiny corner
Of our world slowly climb up the mounting waves
And close in over the darkening hills! It is all about
Light and shade: nothing more. But I have seen it all
In these wondrous eyes. Day and night, sun and star.
Now the dark closes behind your floating hair. And then
With the suddenness of a flickering star your eyes widen
Again and again: the village by the sea floats up in a sea of light.
Fireworks lighten sky and night—their flares swell
With the sea’s delight as you break into sweet laughter
Letting the night slowly merge with the palm leaves and sand
Your hand in mine, warm still, and a blue moon above the sea.
Dr Murali Sivaramakrishnan