I must have been 16 when I read this poem. It was by an unknown poet called Amrinder Bajaj. I love its vivid imagery and the many layers of meaning it conveys. Not all people seem to think it is great. Somehow, I find it very beautiful. Till date it continues to be my favorite love poem.
The Rock And The Sea
I am the eternal rock by the shore
Unchangeable, immovable, stable to the core.
You are the sea with its many moods
That loves, hates, sulks and broods
Sometimes the frolicsome waves so tease
With their infectious love, they cannot but please
Sometimes in a frenzy, the rollers crash
And any resistance I put up to pieces dash
At times for no reason at all, your favors you withdraw
The tide ebbs and I stand naked, vulnerable and raw
The burning sand brutally taunt
As I burn with desire, need and want
And when I think, that with you, I have lost all ground
You embrace, engulf, literally astound.
In a wave of passion you submerge
Till, at last, sputtering I emerge.
And then for the flimsiest of all reasons,
Our love with the fury of tempest you season,
Foaming at the mouth you come crowding upon me,
And shake my foundations, how ever strong they may be
Just when I think I can bear no more
You are a sheet of mirror from shore to shore,
Though only for a short while restful and calm,
To my frayed nerves, such an incredible balm.
Why, O., why do I tolerate you?
In the name of heaven, if I only knew-
Your fluidity and my stability’re a perfect foil for each other,
And I know that each cannot exit without the other.