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I was but a faded verse

Annotated on a page

Not one stroke could I reverse

Though I struggled for an age


The dog-eared corner of the book

Half-hidden like a venal sin

Turned down, so you’d overlook

The dark inked stain that lay within


And time helped further to erase

And no on thought to turn me o’er

Lighter I grew, darker the page

I merged, and then was seen no more.


2016-08-02 17.29.09


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


12 thoughts on “Faded

  1. After searching for the meaning of venal, now I see the beauty of your poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Indira | 12/09/2016, 9:26 AM
  2. Lighter I grew, darker the page, so very eloquent. Thank you for sharing your handwriting poem, Dr. Hb.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 31/08/2016, 12:12 AM
  3. Great. Loved the flow of it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by LionAroundWriting | 30/08/2016, 10:21 PM
  4. Nice presentation…

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Sri Sudha K | 30/08/2016, 2:14 PM
  5. Was just thinking of this two days ago . Glad you posted it , esp the handwritten one .
    Half hidden like a venal sin – that line stuck with me since I first read it .

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by thatmishmash | 30/08/2016, 10:31 AM

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