The Gift

“We should not have been bestowed
with the gift of thinking,” my friend once said.

I am in a state of uncertainty.

Last spring you said I had a gift.
Had you forgotten the fact
that I could not lay bricks like you?
Nor can I say, “hello” to every passing stranger.

See, right now, I am trying to take my head
in my hands, swivel it, and write a line or two
that may bring the best of you.

Is this my gift?

I eat without speaking, hunched over my plate
in a crowded restaurant.
I prefer solitude and cannot talk about weather
to the man who’s sitting next to me.

Unlike you I cannot smoke,
Not the clove cigarettes of all the things.

I think what I am doing is merely my job.
It is enough to crack my heart open.

On a soft October night we stayed up late,
drinking rum outside your house.
Do you remember that you said
you were happy for me, that I was a poet,
and it was a good thing? Were you drunk,
or had you been dreaming?

Now, as I am trying to bring you
the memories of the paper,
I marvel at what you had said,
And say to myself, “Is this my gift?”

Bibek Adhikari

Poetry by Bibek
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Written on 2017-07-12 at 08:35

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Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
Bibek, I would say that you definitely have a gift of writing. You bring passion alive from words. You create and breathe life into characters with your written words. You can inspire and inflame emotions with your writing. You take your readers on adventures, into situations, and along all kinds of trails, streams, by-ways, and roads to find life as you see it, live it, dream it, or want it to be. I believe you are a meant to write, not just for yourself, because you must, but you are meant to write for the rest of us as well.

Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Great piece Bibek. The line "It is enough to crack my heart open" fits so well. I suppose anything can be regarded as a gift or a handicap.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well done, Bibek!

Such a gift we all wish to have! Beautiful, soft, and very well done.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Bibek.