Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Lost Years

The Lost Years

He was driving his car
Back home from work
Like every day
For those past years

Something to his right caught his eye
He turned to look and his heart started pumping
He parked the car to watch the sunset
And his eyes filled with tears

He could not remember
When he last saw such a sight
When he last took the time
To admire a beautiful scene

His head started pounding
For thirty years he had been working
Climbing the ladder and proving himself
But now he asks: what does it mean?

Sure he has a successful life
He reached his goals and surpassed them
He has a loving wife and great kids
He has everything anyone would wish for

But who is he now?
Where is the young man he once was?
Where is the passion, the enthusiasm?
Where are the things he loved to do before?

He got caught up in the loop
Food, house, life essentials
Kids, school, college
The list goes ever on and on

He got back to his car
Driving home like every day
His eyes gave way to his tears

For those lost years now gone

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

116 shots

There she stands
On the baseline
The racket in her right hand
The ball in her left
Looking down the pitch
To her opponent on the other side
This is it
This is that last point
She wins this point
She wins this match
She wins this championship
She becomes the world’s no. 1
She throws up the ball
And serves for glory

But her opponent is not easy
She is not someone to mess with
She has been no.1
For the past five years
10 years Older
10 years more experience
And the rally goes on and on
The ball goes back and forth
12 shots

They put the racket in her hands
When she was just four years old
She could not even run straight
When she did
She would bump into things
No control over her body
Why they put the racket in her hands
She would never know
She would never understand
What they saw in her
She grew up to love the game
Everyday becoming better and better
And started dreaming of winning
Started dreaming of becoming no.1
And her coaches would encourage her
And fuel the dream more and more

20 shots
The rally goes on and on
She has worked for this for so long
13 years she has been dreaming about it
Another 4 years she has been fighting
To win that spot
The world’s no.1

27 shots
The rally goes on and on
Her opponent is not giving up
She wants this too
She wants to prove she still has it
Six years in a row
That is her goal
And she is letting it go

34 shots
The rally goes on and on
The crowd starts to get restless
The point is dragging on
Yet it is not boring
It is obvious how both players want the title
It is obvious how both want the trophy
It is obvious how both want the glory
It is obvious how both want to be no.1

41 shots
The rally goes on and on
Her opponent really wants this
She is applying every tactic
Performing every trick
She is playing with all her might
And all her cunning
She wants to win this
One way or another

49 shots
The rally goes on and on
But she is not falling
For any of those tricks
She grew up watching her opponent
Studying her
Learning from her
She was her idol all this time
And now they are head to head
Playing for this glorious title
Fighting for the spot of no.1

56 shots
The rally goes on and on
The crowd becomes excited
This point is awesome
They are breaking every record
They are fighting
Not just playing
The crowd feels they are playing
For something more than just a point
Something more than just a match
Or a championship
Something more than just a trophy
They are fighting for their dreams

63 shots
The rally goes on and on
Her opponent cannot believe it
How can she break every tactic?
She has no experience
She is not as strong
Nor as smart
How can she do all this?
Just playing with heart?
Or is there something more?
A real desire to win?
A dream like her own?
But she will not break down either
This is her dream too

70 shots
The rally goes on and on
All this time
And she is not on the defensive
She is matching her opponent
Stroke for stroke
She knows this must frustrate her opponent
Just keep playing with heart
She must win this

79 shots
The rally goes on and on
The crowd cannot believe what they are watching
Suddenly she is on the attack
Taking all her opponent’s tricks
All her tactics
And devises one of her own
Combining several shots
Impossible shots
Her opponent with all her experience
Can only defend
No one believes what is happening
Not the players themselves

91 shots
The rally goes on and on
She glimpses a small opening
A small ray of hope
To achieve her dream
And she pushes
With all her heart
With all her might
She is going for her dream
She can taste it

104 shots
The rally goes on and on
Her opponent suddenly breaks
Could not take all the pressure
All the effort
And she goes in for the kill
And she gets it

The crowd is ecstatic
What a match
What a point
They will both become legends
They are legends
Though they were both fighting for their dreams
They reached something much more
They reach immortality
Which is a dream
Everyone is afraid of
Because it is impossible
But they did it
With this wonderful fight
The longest rally
116 shots

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Sad Laughter ep.4

One day the café was empty
Outside it was raining and cold
In his corner he was contemplating
Wishing that time he had been bold

Her friends did not want to go
Are you serious? In such weather?
But she had to go because she knew
Seeing him, she would feel better

When he heard the door he knew
Without even turning his head
That she just entered the café
Because his loneliness had fled

She headed for her table
Not knowing if he noticed her or not
She ordered her favorite drink
Black coffee, steaming hot

He put the book down in frustration
He had to do something
She saw him stand and turn towards her
And her heart started pumping

He crossed the place to where she sat
Their eyes upon each other locked
He stood there across the table
And everything else was just blocked

Each looking into the other’s eyes
Their pure souls connecting
How stupid my fear was?
Each was now reflecting

The moment between them stretched
Neither feeling anything without
The his face broke into a smile
He took a breath and opened his mouth

(to be continued)
(Wait for it :-) )

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Sad Laughter ep.3

One time their eyes met
It was the best coincidence
And it fired up their feelings
Thought it was just for an instance

She was going to the bathroom
He was coming out
They found themselves face to face
And none of them could feel the crowd

It was an exquisite feeling
In this moment suspended in time
Like a red hot chili pepper
Or an ice cold twist of lime

Though it was just a moment
To them it felt like ages
What each of them felt
Can fill out pages and pages

Now that she was close
He was sure he is in love
Right there stands an angel
Who came down from heaven above

Looking into his eyes she knew
He was the one for her
No more pain, no more loneliness
Nothing will ever again bother

Then the moment passed
Each went their own way
No one knew what to do
Or what word they should say

And so it goes as usual
Each sitting at their table
She is wishing he would do something
He is feeling he is not capable

(to be continued)

The Sad Laughter ep.5

His face breaks into a smile
And he opens his mouth
But it is pure music she hears
Not words coming out

He says: Hi
I notice you came today alone
I would like to talk if you don’t mind
If you do, I’ll understand and be gone

She smiles back
Feeling her face relaxing
Like a burden being lifted
Emotions no longer mixing

Feeling so relieved
Light as a feather
She says: Hi. Do sit down
And they start off with the weather

His smile seeming different
So full of relief
How smooth it is going
He cannot believe

That chat goes on
Going deeper ever more
They both are wondering
Why they were scared before

The do not feel time passing
All they feel is each other
Coffee cup after coffee cup
Wishing this would last forever

Now they are both sure
That each found the one
And they sit there together
Feeling life has just begun

(The End)
(Hope you liked it)

The Sad Laughter ep.2

She has been coming here for a couple of months
Always with her friends, never alone
But no one ever knew, nor imagined
The loneliness that aches to the bone

She is popular and successful
Everybody thinks she is satisfied
But of the loneliness and living like that
Nobody thinks she is petrified

She always feels she needs someone
Someone to share her life with her
Someone to grow old with
To have, to hold or whatever

He alone filled her life
Just sitting there with his book
And she always has the feeling
That at her way he always looks

But why does he steal those glances?
Why does he not come over?
Am I so intimidating?
Or is he also a loner?

And she cannot go to him neither
She can never do that
What if it is just her imagination?
Then she would look really bad

How she wishes that he sees
That behind the laugh she is so sad
And with him sitting there all cool
It is just driving her mad

So she sits there waiting
And hoping for the best
Not knowing that he does feel her
And none of the rest

(to be continued)

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Sad Laughter ep.1

This is not the first time he sees her
Sitting there among her friends
Talking to this one, laughing with that
The fun seemingly never ends

But he feels something different
It is not happiness that he is seeing
Behind all the talk and the laughter
It is as if she is weeping

What a strange vibe he is receiving
Of such sadness and pain
But how is it possible with all the laughter?
Such sadness he cannot explain

He has been coming here forever
For some years now he liked the place
His favorite corner, a good book and coffee
Feeling comfortable in his own space

The she started coming with her friends
At first, he felt it was an invasion
Then their cheerfulness grew on him
At with time it became their station

And he started noticing her
And getting those mixed feelings
He started noticing the details
And his heart is now pleading

He wants to get to know her
He is longing to discover why the sadness
He just cannot get himself to approach her
With all those people, it’s driving him to madness

Sometimes he feels like
She knows he is watching from afar
So he buries his nose in the book
Not knowing that in her mind, he also has a part

(to be continued)