Because the steady drops have no water
To quench this aching fire
I prefer to be without.
Because they have always held it against me
This weakness for you
I prefer to be distant.
Because the space between us is happy
No matter what the earth does to the sea
I prefer to wait.
Because no one can whip and destroy
Stretches of love that winds blow
I prefer to pray.
(Published in Ranu’s first collection Across the Divide, 2006)
Ranu Uniyal lives in Lucknow, India. Poetry keeps her going and is as much a part of her life as her love for humanity. She is a Professor of English at Lucknow University. She has two books of poems: Across the Divide and December Poems to her credit.