The older kind of love

Their eyes meet across the lobby teeming with guests
unlocking meanings that no one else can see
imperceptible nod of his head
and she reads what’s going on in his mind
a gentle pressure on the shoulder
and he knows what is expected
the glance they exchange as their child exchanges wedding vows
speaks of unfathomable passion
always circumspect; earlier mindful of the elders, now the kids
their love never on display
it bloomed gently in the shade
the secret smiles they share,
the incomplete sentences of each other they complete
tells a story unseen today
so unlike of the youth who are too busy
staring into the camera
rather than drowning in each other’s eyes
not making predictions, but as I blessed the couple
I did wonder for a minute
would their love blossom like their parents’!

(Just back from one of the many weddings I will be attending this season. The hosts, very close family friends, setting new benchmarks of enduring love.)

63 thoughts on “The older kind of love

      1. that’s true deep sincere love and it’s so rare, I would have liked to have met them too … but I imagine you and sailor sam have a similar rapport 🙂

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  1. I love love LOVE all of this, Punam–here’s my fave pick: “love never on display
    it bloomed gently in the shade”…that is So RICH!!! And the opening scene you set is so perfect I had no trouble visualizing it. I pray blessings on the new couple, and as always, on you and your husband, and family! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. A love like no other, that surpasses word and stands strong through time. You write this so beautifully and make me hope to be even a little like these wonderful parents of the bride/groom should this day ever come for me. I loved these lines:
    “their love never on display
it bloomed gently in the shade”.

    How gorgeous Punam. Every last drop of it. I would want to watch the wedding but would also be drawn to watching those other relationships too. Sounds like a gorgeous wedding! ❤️❤️

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    1. People watching has become my favourite pastime, Rachel. This couple I have known for many years but got the opportunity to watch them closely, unnoticed, during their child’s wedding. They are a gorgeous couple. I am glad you liked this verse.
      (I also watched some discordant ones!)
      Weddings in India are boisterous, colourful and fun! Would love to have you here when my daughter gets married! (which is a long way off though!)❤️❤️

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      1. You have me smiling from ear to ear. Is it too early to start packing? 😂. I can only imagine how incredible Indian weddings are, the people watching completely captivating, and everything so vibrant. The couple you describe sound gorgeous, I bet they were so proud! It must be wonderful to be part of these weddings, I am swept up in the excitement of it vicariously!! ❤️❤️

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      2. Lol it is, my dear! But you can always visit first and then come for the wedding, which in all likelihood is a decade away! 😂😂
        I will be sharing more snapshots of weddings as I attend them. So you can have more fun vicariously! ❤️❤️

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      3. Oh Punam, you have no idea how much I would love to come to visit, wedding or no wedding!!! Sigh. This is something I’m going to have to make happen. The world is small, really.

        Please please please post snapshots, I’m already looking forward to seeing them. Hope you are well!! ❤️❤️

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  3. I love this depiction of “older love” – so often we idealize the “new love” and not the endurance and beauty of love through the ages. Weddings are wonderful paces for people-watching!

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