Dancing in the Dark by Anand R Raghavan

On the sidewalk of a private road
our dinner table preserves
a faux european ambience
even the weather
bows to cooperate
with this subterfuge

I feel anchored
in a rapturous melancholy
and a beer glass
steadily emptied and refilled

The conversation floats
like a kaleidoscope
of sentiments and opinions
accumulating into
an imagined form
of who i am

my most precious possession
created from thin air like fiat currency

to be loved or defended,
admired or understood

held by a tenuous warmth
drawn from a comforting memory
the familiar vapour trails
of my existence

Buffeted by a willingness
to both open & discard myself

When we are soaked deep enough
within a tangible dream
that we can see, smell, hear and touch
it is the inert reality beyond it
that seems mystical

That true self
which does not belong
to anybody

intimate, unconditional and universal
like the atmosphere
from which
we draw
our breath


Anand R Raghavan is a third generation entrepreneur at an Industrial Engineering & Construction Company. He is a devotee of Ramana Maharishi & Nisargadatta Maharaj.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Anand’s beautiful poetry is a practical glimpse at the entity known as ‘the self’. We are merely accumulations of our acts, learnings, and experiences, limited to one lifetime or more than one…it’s a lovely mystery that attracts us and eludes us. Is life simply an illusion created by human and materialistic attachments? There is much more to it than meets the eye.
    Congratulations Anand!


    1. Ananda says:

      Thanks Terveen. You have described it so well. What animates us into life is both so intimate and so inscrutable

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    This is gorgeous poetry, Anand. Ending is marvelous.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ananda says:

      Thank you very much Jeff 🙏

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re very welcome, Ananda. 🙏


  3. The feeling is awesome. A great piece it is, Anand. 👏

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ananda says:

      Thank you very much 🙏

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re most welcome ☺😊


  4. jonicaggiano says:

    I love this piece. Wondering what is real when you wake up from a dream that Stimulates all the senses. Sometimes it is nice to just let go. Beautiful piece. 🦋

    Liked by 1 person

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