Manu Dash

(4 July 1956 / Odisha, India)

Diwali in a Cancer Ward


No candles were lit,
nor the bursting out
of firecrackers heard;
only enduring silences packed
the dark womb of corridors.

My father waited helplessly
for the biopsy report,
yet to arrive from Mumbai,
as an innocent victim
craves for the verdict
of the apex court.

Future is trapped
in the belly of uncertainty;
life goes on
the way a rafter moves through
crosscurrents of the waters.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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