I Wish You Had Bought The Train Ticket

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Sometimes I wish
that you hadn’t had to buy the plane tickets
to go back to the city
that will make you run throughout the day
and will give you some peace only at night
that still might not be enough for you.

I wish you had bought the train ticket,
because that way you would have got more time
to recall each moment that you lived while you were here,
how you disentangled all your worries
without even speaking about them;
how that night you didn’t have to hold a pillow to sleep;
how you didn’t have to put an alarm to go to work;
how each hour you spent seemed to scamper;
and how when we sat under the sky late evening,
you could just brought few pieces of your stories,
(maybe you could have completed those in the train,
and I am sure that with your poetic soul,
you would have inked the pages you haven’t spoken to for long)
I wish you had bought the train ticket,
because while unfolding the letters
I had written to you few hours before you had to leave,
you would have known that
I picked those pieces of your stories,
to save them up for the time
when nobody would be in a hurry
to reach the airport, or anywhere.

I wish you had bought the train ticket,
because when you look through the window
while the trees and clouds pass each second,
you realize that the sun is still there
moving with you;
and while you leave everything behind,
you carry poetry and songs
written only in your head
about how the distance could never make you love someone less,
and a few questions about yourself –
questions whose answers lie in not knowing.

Now that you have boarded the plane
to fly back to the city that awaits you, but never misses you;
soon you will find yourself as
another lonely soul among the crowd;
however, the waves at night
would definitely listen to you;
and while the wet sand
offer some comfort to you,
I wish you find the answer to
how we always try to save time,
but end up having so little,
that it just slips with the thought of having some more,
and then maybe
book the plane tickets to return before winter arrives.

– Kritika Vashist

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14 thoughts on “I Wish You Had Bought The Train Ticket

  1. Very good Kritika. Given our usual high speed lifestyles, there is so much to be said for a more leisurely form of travel than flying…. and I think you got them all!

    The last line was the “icing on the cake” ! Very well presented! 🙂

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    • Knowing that you have experienced life more than me, these words from you mean a lot to me.
      This thought just came to my mind and I immediately sat down to pen it down.
      I felt that this may sound absurd or senseless to few; however, I had no qualms in sharing this because this is what I feel regardless of what one may think.
      Thank you so much, Colin. Hope you and Ray are doing good. 🙂

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  2. This resonates so deep. Reminds me of the childhood train journeys to my Grandmother’s home. There’s no problem which can’t be solved sitting at the window seat , contemplating ; as the wind rushes by

    Beautiful

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