The Familiar Stranger


Life is so familiar,

But death is a stranger,

A darkness unknown,

A road untravelled.


The ocean of life is familiar,

The turbulence of waves is familiar,

But what lies beyond the horizon is unknown,

Life after death is a strange territory.


The clouds are familiar,

And torrential rain is familiar,

Sunrise and sunset are familiar,

But death is a stranger.


Seasons are familiar,

Spring and summer,

Autumn and winter,

But the seasons after life are unknown strangers.


If this life is a dream,

If death too is a dream,

If this world is illusion,

Then everything is familiar but strange.


Vasudha Pansare

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