‘Doomed Love’ was scribbled on the cover
Of Aeneas and Dido in time torn asunder
Just then a voice joined my morning ride
Cowering behind a cellphone smile.
The journey she had made for him
To take her mind off sordid things
All tangled now in unshakable vows
He was leaving it all for now.
Her voice quivered as she said “Goodbye!”
“Go then, forever”, she cried
The tears I heard but did not see
Her troubles lay bare next to me.
Words didn’t fly off the page again
I said “forget”, only to myself
Life could look better without that love
The one that hurt you so much.
Ring ring ring it did again
“No more, no more” in refrain
Trembling she rose to face it all
Dido among the Delhi winds.
This poem was composed on a cellphone during a 40 minute metro ride.