|At the Edge of the World - Neji Ravindran
A few months back, Neji had painted a picture themed on my poem, 'Kites'. Today it's my turn. I have a poem here themed on his painting, "At the Edge of the World'. What's surprising is that this poem was written years ago. Yet the sameness of the thoughts expressed in two entirely different ways at two different points in time is amazing. One is trying to paint a poem, and the other is trying to pen a picture. And the context is the same. But this time, the works are not intentionally collaborative.
In the poem, the protagonist is all by herself. In the painting, obviously, he is not alone. However, the 'I' in the poem can be easily replaced by the 'we' in the painting. Thank you, Neji, for this picture.
On a Ramble
Legs dangling over the edge of the horizon
Feet splashing in the Milky Way
Watching the moon as it turns a corner
And stars light up and disappear
Drenching in the glow of a meteoric shower
In the wake of a comet's dusty trail
Basking in the aura of an approaching dawn
Before the sun is well on its way
Evading a blinding encounter
I steal away from its glaring gaze
To a farther edge of the horizon
Beyond the reach of the scorching rays
To dangle my legs and splash my feet
In the cosmic brook once again.