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Comfort Dreams - Free Verse Poem


Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


This is a poem about that time of life, when falling in love with someone is the truest feeling one can experience. It is about the feeling that transcends social boundaries of wealth, education, and so on. Years later, these remain in the mind, or come back, as the most comfortable dreams.

The Poem

Walking barefoot on the summer grass

Of my old varsity quad

Falling in love with the frivolous fall

Letting the first flakes of snow

Caress the tear-laden cheeks

I have nowhere to sleep

Yet I cherish the dream

He makes a penny or two, selling cans

Dawn till dusk he roams on foot

Burns the midnight oil, at the library

Where my assignments pile up, peeks he

Through the dusty books, our eyes meet

I have no more to write

Yet I rhyme my words

We gather around warm tea, giggling girls

He is the one man, we all have eyes for

It matters not he is poor, we all are

We secretly hope, rather I, he cares

I sing, until my heart beats a melody

I have no more music

Yet I tune-in my harp

There is no food, nor a stone bed

I walk all night, knock on his door

It is sunrise, he is heading to work

I enter, he stops, and denies his departure

His mother gives me an apple to eat

I have no more hunger

Yet I savour the sour fruit

Our eyes meet across the bare room

The feeling wordless, but no cares

He sees me to the door, sans goodbye

It is the beginning of a new end

I am left to cry, dry, and return

I have no home to turn to

Yet I know the heart where I live

© 2018 Rinita Sen


Rinita Sen (author) on November 28, 2018:

Thank a lot, Verlie. Glad I could create a setting that was universal. Happy you stopped by my dreams today.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on November 28, 2018:

Love this Rinita, the innocence, the joy, the sorrow. Beautifully detailed. The university setting makes it somehow so universal.

Rinita Sen (author) on October 10, 2018:

Thank you, Umar. Glad you like it.

Umar from Pakistan on October 09, 2018:

lovely poem. true feelings. I just loved it.

Rinita Sen (author) on October 01, 2018:

Thank you, Rajan. Always appreciate your visit. I am so glad you could relate. Thanks again my friend.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 29, 2018:

Straight from the heart! Can completely identify with it. Many, if not most, of us, would have passed through this phase of life.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 17, 2018:

Thank you, Li-Jen. Your generous comments always make me happy. All I can say is your every word resonates with my own thoughts behind the poem. I am glad I was able to portray that which can be related to. That's the beauty of poetry I guess, you can take your own experience, add some flavors of imagination, and prepare a concoction that every reader can drink to their own taste.

Once again, thank you for visiting, am happy to have you as my hubber friend :)

Li-Jen Hew on September 17, 2018:

Hey Rinita, you really know how to write poems. :) There's something about your poems that makes them flow smoothly. It's the story or real life event you are sharing that makes the poem precious. I like how there is that uncertainty, whether or not he likes her..the guy every girl wants to date. For example, how their eyes kept on meeting, but she was friend zoned in the end. That was unexpected. It's also good that you mentioned the simple minded girls who crushed on him although he was earning little and still studying. Crazy girls haha. Well done. :) Thanks for sharing.

Rinita Sen (author) on September 05, 2018:

Thank you, Louise. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Appreciate your visit.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 05, 2018:

That's a lovely poem. I enjoyed reading that, thankyou. =)

Rinita Sen (author) on September 04, 2018:

Thanks again Hari!

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on September 04, 2018:


- hari

Rinita Sen (author) on September 04, 2018:

Thank you, Diksha. Appreciate your visit and comment.

Diksha Shakya from India on September 03, 2018:

This is beautiful!!

Absolutely loved it! ❤❤

Rinita Sen (author) on September 03, 2018:

Thank you for visiting, Mark. I am glad the poem was able to take you back in time, that was the intention.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on September 02, 2018:

The poem reminds me of my time in college where love was not only in the air and in the library but in the textbooks and the Art History Lectures. Thanks for spurring memories.

Rinita Sen (author) on August 31, 2018:

Thank you, Crezyl for your beautiful comment. Yes, feelings make poetry special. Appreciate your visit, and glad you liked this.

Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido from Kidapawan, Philippines on August 30, 2018:

Your poems are beautiful and says more than what your can. Your poems have feelings. I love it.:-D

Rinita Sen (author) on August 29, 2018:

Dana, you got the essence of the poem absolutely correct. Thank you for sharing your story, only, it is very similar to my story, and I am sure it is the same story for a million others. Love changes, the feeling of falling in love does not last forever, but it still remains the most beautiful feeling. Glad you visited today.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on August 28, 2018:

This poem reminds me of love at its finest. When it's true and pure and comes straight from the heart. Then reality sinks in and others views of love comes into play such as:



social class


Now I'm not saying those things do not matter, because love changes and you won't always be "giddy" I'm just saying it's sad that so many things come into play and you just can't...love.

Fifteen years ago I fell madly in love with this guy. It was the most beautiful feeling I ever encountered, also the most painful when it ended, Yet, fifteen years later I still think of him everyday.

Rinita Sen (author) on August 23, 2018:

Beautiful comment there, Dream On. Yes, the feeling of love remains forever. Thank you for reading. Glad you enjoyed it.

DREAM ON on August 23, 2018:

Love never gets old. I can see you both as clear as day exchanging glances and watching the romance ignite faster than a bird takes flight. Thank you for sharing. i enjoyed your poem very much.

Rinita Sen (author) on August 22, 2018:

I will surely look for your poems, both old and new. I am not a lawyer, that must be someone else you found with the same name.. :)

manatita44 from london on August 22, 2018:

Yes. You are Indian, right? Ramakrishna used to say that devotees gathered together are like people who smoke hemp.

We don't smoke but are spiritually high daily from kirtans and satsangs plus.

Read some of my old poems and try my most popular with the meditative video. A Song For My Beloved.

I will dedicate two poems to you maybe tomorrow. You deserve more.

By the way, I found you elsewhere. You seem to be a lawyer. Why don't you say so?

Rinita Sen (author) on August 22, 2018:

Computer problems are annoying. I am glad you are at your annual pilgrimage. Must be lots to share, learn, and teach.

Yes, I am in India - city of Bangalore. Like most poets have a desk job to pay my bills, so that I can write on the side.. haha. I will let you know when I publish my book, at least I am assured of one royalty.

Thank you, manatita. Deeply humbled by your reference to Shakespeare.

manatita44 from london on August 22, 2018:

Yes. Writing as always but computer problems at home and here in America. Also at my annual pilgrimage so busy, yes.

Where are you in India? Is it? What do you do?

Yes. You can easily tell a story, like Shakespeare. I'll buy your book.

Rinita Sen (author) on August 22, 2018:

Thank you for your visit, manatita. You've been busy. I always look forward to your soulful sonnets.

manatita44 from london on August 22, 2018:

An absolutely stunning piece Rinita. Very beautiful indeed!!

Rinita Sen (author) on August 21, 2018:

Always glad to see you, John. Ultimately it is the feeling of being in love that triumphs. Humbled that you thought it was timeless like Romeo and Juliet. Thanks again for reading.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 20, 2018:

This is touching and beautiful, Rinita. A true loves story that is timeless like Romeo and Juliette. Loved it.

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