How wrong I was,
how badly I was mistaken,
for I was searching for her
in a face lost among the millions.
I used to imagine that she would
look like this or maybe look like that,
adorning a red skirt and a white top
making her stand out like no girl ever had.
I searched for her under the scorching sun
and didn’t stop even in the thundering showers,
with a hope that I would recognize her
even if she was hidden in the highest of towers.
But not one effort bore the fruit,
no search resulted in finding her,
down and dejected and disheartened
I gave up hope and decided to not bother.
But then on one ordinary day
when everything was like as ever,
I saw a smile that was like ripples
ripples floating on a calm river.
Our eyes locked with each other
but she never lost that smile,
for that smile was destined for me
out of the million standing within a mile.
We didn’t utter a single word,
as our hearts were doing all the talking,
and the strangers who had met a second before
became one soul in the very next moment.
A girl standing behind her, her friend,
called out her name in a husky voice,
‘Hope, let’s go now’, she said
‘otherwise it will get late in the night.’
I smiled at the funny turn of fate,
and the game played with me by destiny,
when I had lost the hope in everything
it presented ‘hope’ in person for me, only me.