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Timeless Beauty

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Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software program director who writes on varied subjects from history, archaeology to leadership and poetry.

The Background

Recently my grandparents completed 40 years of marriage. And to commemorate the occasion my grandfather wrote a poem in Tamil expressing his love for my grandmother and remembering his long 40-year-old journey with her.

This poem is a translation in English. I have tried my best to convey the same heartfelt emotions of my grandfather when he penned his poem. This poem is inspired by Brenda Arledge's week 17 prompt "Memories".

Timeless Beauty

Time has swiftly flown by.
I still remember that day, forty years ago.
Mother scolding me in a gentle voice,
Enough of your excuses! I am going to get you married.”
Letters were dispatched, horoscopes were matched.
Eight weeks later, you walked into my house.
Soon a fragile relationship blossomed between us,
Slowly surviving and winning through the test of time.

Black circles now reside permanently beneath your eyes.
Ears strain hard to gather the remnants of sound.
Arms weak and feeble, losing the vitality of youth,
Ugly wrinkles have swallowed your beautiful face.
The people may now call you an old woman,
You will always remain a timeless beauty for me.


{Note: This poem is an acrostic: the first letter of each line forms a word}

© 2021 Ravi Rajan

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