I always wished to study with an old friend of mine at another place. It never happened but, I met a friend of mine whom I never saw, never spoke to, but I know her well!. So well that, I used to ask about her every now and then to my friend whenever I speak to her.
Elizabeth, a colleague at my workplace seemed to be a nice person. She was courteous and nice. It's been a month since I joined the workplace, It's been a month since I met Elizabeth. Never in my thoughts, had I imagined Elizabeth to be the 'friend' of Swathi(10th class friend) who always used to talk about her intermediate friends, 'Celine, Elizabeth.'
A month passed and I never questioned Elizabeth about her whereabouts. I used to talk to her casually.
Time of being in doubt about her whereabouts took me to toll of sense and surprise, I asked Elizabeth about her relation with Celine, she was bit sceptic to answer my questions and in return questioned me how I know all her friends and cousins. As I kept on asking her about her friends, she suddenly realized that I was the person who Swathi always talked about.
Elizabeth's expression made my day. The surprise she had couldn't be brought by any other conversation. To witness the surprise and shock brought me sense of joy to see how small the world is. It's a good feeling to meet a friend whom I never saw.
Thinking about her, I penned words. As it goes,
Image of her is whatever I draw
Voice of her is however I listen
She is present in a way I see
She is present in a way I think.
Elizabeth erstwhile friend!
Elizabeth, elegance is her charm
Surreal art can be found in her smile
So enchanting, so enlivening
Elizabeth, erstwhile friend!
Good to see you. Good to meet you.