lalita larking

An obsession with cryptic crosswords. Everything else falls in place.

Location: Kolkata, India

Monday, October 15, 2007

I want to hold your hand

"Does it hurt," you asked. I looked at my hand engulfed in yours. My hand seemed so small and fragile there, nestling between your hands.

You held your hand out that first time remember? Open, palm up and leaving it up to me to give my hand. I thought with some amusement that men must take lessons. My first boyfriend had held his hand out exactly like that too.

I remember how we sat decorously apart. Sitting side by side, staring at the sea. I sat with my knees drawn up, forearm around them, trickling sand through the fingers of the other. We exchanged sidelong glances once in a while. There was his hand on the sand between us. Open, palm up. I slid mine into it. We continued staring at the sea.

Later, we played, doodling messages on the other's palm, silly endearments and questions we were too shy to voice. But I still remember that hand, lying open on the sand, waiting. It asked, without asking. Holding hands is in a way more intimate than other intimacies.

I remember when you held my hand first. Your hand was warm, big and gentle. You stroked my fingers then too. Not looking at each other yet, hand in hand, pressure returning pressure, squeeze responding with squeeze, world reduced to that connection, our hands twining together. No need for words just then. A glance and a smile and all that needed saying said, without words.

There was that day when you drew me close. Nestling against your shoulder with your arm around me, I felt small and safe. When your hand cupped my cheek and you dropped that fleeting kiss, it burned a brand in my memory with its gentleness.

You looked at me with such tenderness, an indulgent adult at a dear toddler. You leaned forward once, to cup my face and give it a fond shake. I protested that I wasn't a child. Your smile said you thought otherwise.

My hand seemed so small and fragile there, nestling between your hands. You patted it, gentling it like you would a kitten or a baby bird. "You have become too thin," you accused, as thumb and forefinger circled my wrist. You gripped both hands in one and looked upset. "See."

"Does it hurt," you asked. I looked at my hand engulfed in yours. No, dear one, I thought. It doesn't hurt. Not when you hold my hand like that.



Anonymous vivek said...

i dont know what to comment on this but :-)
Reading your posts like this makes my day.


5:04 pm  
Anonymous Ash said...

A touching post, very tender. Lovely, Lali. I suppose your RA is acting up?

8:15 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Vivek- Thank you. :-)

Ash- Yeah, way oop, but life goes on. And thanks, for you know what.

10:50 pm  
Blogger Kadambari said...

Lovely post.

Reminds me of Beatles - When I’ll feel that something, I want to hold your hand.

10:54 am  
Anonymous chandni said...

lovely! just lovcely writing!

11:51 am  
Blogger Lalita said...

Kadambari- Well, the post title is the song title. :-) I thought of giving a link, but giving links in posts like this looks odd.

Chandni- Thank you for taking the time to tell me. Keep visiting.

1:48 pm  
Blogger Kadambari said...

How did I miss that?

2:49 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Kadambari- That's how it goes. If I look back upon the number of times I was similarly embarrassed, heh.

10:00 pm  
Anonymous Prophet of Doom said...

Very nice, indeed. It takes a Mrs. M to come up with something like this

7:48 am  
Blogger Apoplexy said...

I really want to hold hands - not anyone's.sounded extremely tacky.but what do I say...its an urge and it neednt be poetic :(
Thanks so much for this post.

10:58 am  
Blogger Lalita said...

Ram- Thank you.

Apoplexy- I know, it is embarrassing to admit to sentimentality. Thank you.

11:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell me of thine eyes
And I will tell thee of thy heart.
Tell me of thy feet
And I will tell thee of thy hands.
Tell me of thy sleeping
And I will tell thee of thy waking.
Tell me of thy desires
And I will tell thee of thy need.

Dune. Frank Herbert

What a brilliant post.

Secret admirer

4:23 pm  
Blogger Lalita said...

Anon- Sigh. I loved that and other bits and pieces of Frank Herbert. Stop quoting at me and get a name.

11:56 pm  
Anonymous Vi said...

I will simply echo others here: quite a lovely post, Lalita. :)

5:18 am  
Blogger Lalita said...

Vi- Thank you. :-)

8:51 am  

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