Guest poem sent in by Nandini K. Moorthy
(Poem #1084) Sometimes it Happens
And sometimes it happens that you are friends and then You are not friends, And friendship has passed. And whole days are lost and among them A fountain empties itself. And sometimes it happens that you are loved and then You are not loved, And love is past. And whole days are lost and among them A fountain empties itself into the grass. And sometimes you want to speak to her and then You do not want to speak, Then the opportunity has passed. Your dreams flare up, they suddenly vanish. And also it happens that there is nowhere to go and then There is somewhere to go, Then you have bypassed. And the years flare up and are gone, Quicker than a minute. So you have nothing. You wonder if these things matter and then As soon you begin to wonder if these things matter They cease to matter, And caring is past. And a fountain empties itself into the grass.
Its remarkable the way Patten has wrapped the philosophy of friendship and the transitions that comes with it in this poem. There seems so much lightness and rhythm in the flow of lines. So deceptively uncomplicated, yet strikingly evocative. The capture of conflicting emotions seems plain and detached, yet echoes the underlying pain. The constant resonance of "A fountain empties itself" probably marks the passage of time or feelings itself. The poem evokes a feeling of vulnerability, a tinge of sadness and above all uncertainty. Patten at his best. Nandini