How have you been?

How far?

A glance, an inch, a mile, a light year,

A bridge, a wall, 

beyond horizon, a touch,

Eyes closed, 

Here.

 

How long have I known you?

Beneath first sunglasses, mascaras.

Still can read your silence,

When you look away.

 

How much have we changed?

Rough wrinkles, some filters on instagram,

Serious meetings, death cleanings,

Loud laughter,

Our fading memories.

 

How have you been?

Oh! Just busy. Doing well. Living fully.

Travel pics. Our Facebook comments.

A deep breath.

 

I remember that intersection

And the two paths that broke away.

**

Spring has finally arrived in Northern California. After months of rain, cold long nights, writing poetry in my mind over a hundred cups of tea, photographing the changing beauty of nature, a lot of travels and experiences, I wrote my first poem of this year on a paper while browsing melting snow photos on my camera. You never know where inspiration comes from, right? So how have you been really?

8 thoughts on “How have you been?

  1. This is a truly beautiful poem Archita. It flows so effortlessly. Thanks for sharing! I am a Creative Life Coach with a poetry blog and here one of my recent poems about the sea which also includes a link to the live version.

    https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/brave-waves/

    I am also on Instagram as #coachingcreatively, let’s follow each other if you use this medium? You can also find me on Facebook under Sam Allen wearing a bright red and orange hat!

    I love connecting with fellow creatives as you can see!

    Sunny greetings from Switzerland!

    Sam 🙂

  2. You know all too well the hectic pace of the places and connecting roads we call home. The very same cities and valleys that created the ability to update your life in pictures and words with less than 140 characters. I love your poem and question about how are you doing really? It is inviting one to stop and sit awhile to reconnect with a real conversation. I know it encourages me to take more time to stop and reconnect.

    1. The memories wander and take little spiral roads among the short lived greens on hills and poppy fields- the state of living becomes as transient as the current season. Holidays come and go, the departmental stores pretty soon move on from Easter decor and bunny theme to red and blue of July. And in the middle of the hurried pace, someone texts me- How have you been really? Life is an ocean and each wrinkle of time there looks like a big wave for me. Hope you are doing well, Patrick. Saw and photographed a very green Livermore two weeks back.

      1. I am doing really well considering the road I have traveled. I have kept the best of my old friends and made met some new friends. I have interesting and challenging work and still enjoy what I do after nearly 38 years. Lisa and I continue to make each other laugh and enjoy our various adventures. The past week, several unconnected threads remained to slow my pace and reconnect with several friends I have not seen in awhile. Yes, our hills in Livermore have been very green this year with all the rain. The grape vines are now breaking out and adding another layer of green to the valley. Spring is a beautiful time of the year. I’m certain that your little one is growing fast and keeping you both busy. How have you been really?

        1. This is so inspiring when you say you do enjoy your work after 38 years. Wishing Lisa and you more laughter and happiness this year. Yes. Livermore vineyards are very green. Our daughter took some photos there. Don’t know how/when she started photography. We are doing well, mostly busy with the little one. And I am doing so many things everyday that finding balance and time for myself has been a challenge again. But this too shall pass. 🤞🏻

  3. Long time reader here, you know me. So how have you been? Busy with motherhood? I have been good here, reading one new book every month. I have said this earlier too, I missed reading your awesome write-ups- like this one that shakes me and urges to tell you- Me too sista- been there, done that!

    So well written.

    1. Reading one book a month should be my aim too. I’m not writing much not because of motherhood but because of stiffness of routine. Rest all is good here and poetry keeps me sane.

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