The Old Man Said

“Have you ever been in love my friend?”
The old man then asked me again
Said, “yes but I left it way back then
For all I ever found was pain”

There was a time that I’d once known
But it passed and left me alone
Love, I thought, would forever be mine
Now stands still and as dry as a stone

“I feel your pain,” the old man said
“And all those tears that you have shed
Lord knows I was in love once too
All those times I will never forget”

Standing in the dark with the old man there
I could see how he could no longer bear
Looking at her picture with two lost eyes
I had to turn away to hide a lonely tear

Then the old man said, “It’s time for me to go
If you ever come back be sure to say hello
I am so much in love, what she couldn’t see
And there’s just no place that I’d rather be”

It’s been so long and I never saw him again
The time moved on and now I am an old man
And I’ll be gone too from this world full of pain
Oh, if I could only kiss her once in the rain.

Gautam Dhar
1 August 2003
Lansing MI


This eventually became the title of my First Book

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  • […] It’s been chilly here in Mountain View for last few days (just the kind of weather I like). After almost more than a year of being immersed in the world of Urdu Poetry and Hindi Songs, I wrote something in English yesterday late afternoon and decided to give it a test run today. Wouldn’t really call it a song, but just a folk poem with some melody to it. Here is the MP3. Once again it came out of a conversation between me and The Old Man. […]

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