I did not write this poem, but ever since I found it during a random browse a few years back, it has been my favourite contemporary love poem. Something about it makes it very easily relatable, and it is just so easy to feel the emotion that goes into the writing. So I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do!!


You have been hiding from me a long time.

Perhaps in the pages of the book I left unfinished.

Perhaps in the unplayed song on my guitar.


Maybe you were wrapped in the words I like, like whimsical and love.

Maybe you were in the sorrow that cuts me to the quick, and leaves me new and clear and hopeful.


Maybe you are the L in love.


Perhaps you have been lurking behind bookends.

Or maybe you have been asleep in the sentences of my favorite piece of writing.


Were you in the straps of my favorite bag?

Or in the ink of my pen?

Or the pages of my Moleskine diary?


Could it be that you are the gleam in the ring I wear, or the lead in the pencil I write with?


Perhaps you are the O in hope.


You have been hiding in the sense of accomplishment that I have felt of late.

Or in the rim of my cup of coffee, once I am done with it.

The foil that wraps my favorite bar of chocolate carries you in it.


You look amused at the pleasure I derive from the simple act of revealing what is underneath.


Maybe you are the V in overwhelmed.


I don’t know.


Maybe you are the edge of a sepia-tinted photograph pregnant with meaning and memories.


I see you now, curled in the arm of the G, lurking behind the length of the B.

I wonder why I have not seen you before, in almost every space I inhabit.


Maybe you are the E in need.


Perhaps you are in the rightness of the embrace, the silk of the kiss, in the warmth of the voice and heat of that smile.

Perhaps you have been waiting for me to come your way and find you.


And I did.


I read that book.

I played a tune.

I cried. I hoped. I dared.


And there you were, looking at me, as if to say, “Where have you been all this while?

I’ve been looking for you.”


a Poem by By Srividya Sivakumar

Jewelries in featured photo by Ahimsa Jewelry


Written by dewiloho

A wandering poet, a traveling yogi, a passionate knitter, and a self-taught baker

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