Treasure Island

RAJ NANDY

(CALCUTTA, NOW SETTLED IN NEW DELHI)

MY TWIN BROTHER JOHN


MY TWIN BROTHER JOHN

In shape and size and even color of eyes,
We were so alike one another,
I was frequently mistaken for John,
Who was my twin brother!
When I cried my brother got fed;
And when we both laughed,
Our mother scratched her head!

When we began, to go to school,
Things started getting even worse;
For whenever John forgot his
homework, -
I was invariably taken to task!

Finally when we both grew up,
And decided we should marry;
It became difficult for me to find
a wife,
And I really became sorry!
For whenever I proposed to any girl,
Feeling rather lovelorn,
Invariably I found her the following
day,
On the lap of my brother John!

To resolve this issue amicably,
We finally married the same girl;
Though at times she looked confused,
Wondering to whom she should turn!
And the day our son was born,
Our wife became a proud mother;
But don't you try to confuse me,
By asking who was the real father!

Now with time I have begun to age,
And planning to draft my will;
To settle things and clarify doubts,
With time remaning still!
A golden chain I have now worn,
So let all my friends be forewarned!
Should suddenly one day I feel feverish,
And decide to call it a day;
Please don't bury John mistakenly, or let
any doubt come your way!

- Raj Nandy
New Delhi
11 Mar 08

Submitted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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