Always within Never

Some paths should be walked upon

Some ruins should be visited,


What caused the destruction?

How much damage was done?

And if possible,

Something must be salvaged

A half-burnt letter

The soft corner of someone’s heart

Because when nothing remains

When it was never meant to exist

Small remainders should be kept

Under the pillow

In the heart

To remind us of the beauty that once existed

Will always live

In the tears that now well up

In the pain that never could find shape

A piece of always within never

Note: The writing is inspired by the phrase in Muriel Barbary’s ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’, ‘always within never’, from whom the writing also derives its name. As Paloma Josse, one of the main characters, says, ‘…I have finally concluded, maybe that’s what life is about: there’s a lot of despair, but also the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same. …. Yes, that’s it, an always within never.’

I may or may not have written the above in the same context. Also, go read ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’. It’s insightful and  quite engaging.


About amnashoaib

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