Friday, March 28, 2008

Uno Momento

Each moment arrives ripe with possibility, with the promise of the unexpected. Some crystallize steady liaisons into life long affairs, others trade old romances for new ones. Some let it pass through while immersed in the silence of rippling water on a small electric water fountain; some choose to jump towards the earth, held only by a shred of plastic and a cord that absolutely must function. In some strict sense, each iota of time is the same, yet can be measured differently by the impact it has. Which makes some moments more important than the others. Each moment is hardly just that, it is a decision. An inalienable bit of truth that you can’t detach from you for the times to follow. And there are others when time stops and stretches itself, like an extended yawn on a Sunday morning. I love those moments. When you see a rain drop tear itself from the sky and watch it pass by you onto the ground as you stare out the window of your third floor office, or when you see the ball seem to slow down as it comes from the bowler’s hand, as if to give you that extra half second to play your shot.

We live in large measures of time: hours, days, years too. Yet most of life is humdrum and just a straight line connecting the dots that are the highlights of one’s life. And by that, I don’t even mean all significant events, but simply those that stand out without warning, that approach you without announcing the unbridled special feeling they bring along, and they are rarely spectacular to others but yourself. Here’s to celebrating your own private collection of extraordinary instants. For there's a charm when a moment is passing; watching that transience take over when you’ll never be what you were and never be what you will become.

6 comments:

Vi said...

I am always of the attitude of que sera, sera. What will be, will be.

Great diction.

RTD2 said...

Nicely written...If I may repeat something you've heard already, "forever is but a series of nows" - each moment is indeed a decision.

Anonymous said...

Wow! this is the best poem so far. I loved the honesty of the words.

incidently was thinking of writing of those 'long moments' myself. guess will do that now:)

-Sparsh

Parth said...

@All: Thanks.

frissko said...

Beatiful post...

"or when you see the ball seem to slow down as it comes from the bowler’s hand, as if to give you that extra half second to play your shot."

Nice analogy...yea that moment when you know u're goin to hit it exactly where u want to is special, however trivial it may sound :)...

Parth said...

@Frissko: Thank you very much for identifying with the cricketing example. I feel genuinely happy someone gets it.