Love left me at 24
Didn’t come back
Till many years later
Or did it?
Was that lust?
I got confused
Having been alone for so many years after
The lines blurred
Love had evolved
And I hadn’t noticed
I still believed in connecting from the heart
So lust left
As it must  when confronted
With an unyielding spirit
In an iron cast past
That did not tolerate rust very well
Shunning these corrosive advances
I returned
Searching , among memories,
Looking for myself
Lost in a labyrinth of change
I had become someone other than me

The rust had taken its toll
The spirit lay wasted

Unable to heal
To return from whence it came

And love?
I haven’t seen it since ……..

Sashikala Premawardhane

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