Lust and Fall

When I saw her with her hair loosened, I thought she had undone them  for me. It was not true, of course. But she looked beautiful. It made her look fresh, a little younger, and livelier. We exchanged glances. Once she looked away, I looked at her for a longer time, and much more confidently. Once I knew her eyes were on me, I would get nervous. I would get extremely consciousness of my ugliness. If I could, I would hide myself. She had a beautiful walk. It had a touch of laziness to it; she walked slowly. She moved a lot in that slow walk; her hips oscillated. I observed her. She was talking to someone. She was smiling, listening to what the other guy had to say. It looked from a distance, where I was, that the guy had cracked a joke. It also looked that he hadn't cracked a great one. Her smile was artificial. She had smiled at the guy's attempt, I thought. He had tried to make her laugh. I had wanted to talk to her. I had wanted to be the one trying my hand at jokes. But I got nervous. I had the opportunities. I missed them comfortably. I gave myself unbelievably idiotic excuses. I wanted her. I wanted to possess her. I wanted to call her mine. And it was wrong. She couldn't be mine. Did I just want to establish a physical relationship with her? Not "just" that, but yes, I wanted to make love to her. I wanted to burn her skin with my heat; and I wanted more. I don't know what it was. What else did I want? Maybe I wanted her to desire me. Yes, that's what I wanted. I wanted her to desire me. I wanted her to desire me the way I desired her all the time. I wanted her to feel everything for me, that I felt for her. I longed for it. Then, while still thinking about her, I realised she had been married. It was alright. After that I realised I was married. I felt that was alright too. Everything was permitted in the face of that burning, unknown desire.

“Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”
― Milan Kundera

Why are we terrified because of the gravitation, pulling us down, seeming like a disgrace? It's not the fear of falling. It's the desire of falling. That desire, against which all our defenses are just lies, against which there are actually no defenses at all. We need that pull, that going down, that sense of doing wrong, that sense of getting tainted. She was serene. The way she looked about herself. She might not be everyone's idea of beauty. Some people might pass her off, and would look at me curiously if they were told of my obsession of her. The more I thought of her, on a daily basis, the more I saw her, the more she started to feel like a fetish; Why couldn't I just walk to her, and begin a conversation. It's not as if I hadn't done it before. I had; many a times. But it wasn't possible with her. I felt I would get tongue tied, and appear dumb. I felt I would do all the things, that I probably had never done. In her presence, I felt I was my worst. My fetish, the inanimate goddess, had made me a worshipper, and I had associated my desire with guilt, and buried it somewhere deep within; then again when I saw her, which was everyday, it came out of the grave, and pulled me down in the bottomless pit of desire; desire that did not have its own life.

Aren't we all supposed to be dirty, unfaithful and remarkably cleaver at hiding the truth? I wished the worst in her, just like I justified the worst in me. It had to be the worst in both of us, for us to be what I desired. Could I attract her if I told her of my worship of her? She might like listening of it but if she found it comic, I would look like an asshole. What is the relationship between possession and beauty. Why did I want to own her. Would she be like one of the objects, say a toy car, that I had, as a child, obsessively wanted to have; and could go to any extent to get it; and then, after a point, when I was done, throw it away, brutally?

She walked up the steps, and I was standing in front of her; we exchanged a glance. She looked at me as she would look at anyone else. I looked at her the way I could look at only her. Mad with lust, I stared at her until she disappeared. I wanted to fall; I wanted to fall so deep into that pulling force; I wanted her to fall too. I wanted us to fall right at this moment.

1 Comment:

  1. Jasmine said...
    You bloody fucker!

    You are capable of a bit of romance!
    I love this piece Srikant, I love the way desire stirred you. And I love you.

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