Palas Kumar Ray

(India)

The Man Who Did Not Marry Again


The old man, my friend
comes up with new idea....
He talks to me about his daughters
who are now married and duty bound
to their own circumstances.

He thinks of having a son-in-law
for the third whom we know
he adopted under different circumstances
perhaps after passing away of his wife-
decades ago.

We are friend almost since then.
I don't remember him ever having a talk
on remarriage.
He took no chance of risking his daughters
peaceful upbringing.

Maybe I admired his decision
from the distance of age
truly having no idea exactly how it was
to live without a woman.
Now it appears like a great sacrifice
what he did for his daughters.

Sixty plus plus if not time to die
in our circumstances
not even time to think of remarriage.
But I try to feel the depth of his words
when he speaks to me the story of his time.
'You need someone besides.
Someone to talk.
Someone to take care of.......'

There's a few
we must acknowledge
brave people around
who could search out
a mate
who comes to shoulder your old age troubles
we discuss.
We did not appreciate their action
but............
now we are little confused.

Maybe I spoke about the risk
about safety of his peace
in having a all new beginning at this age.
Likely we had
a kind of causal talks
but if it ever comes true
leaving all arguments aside
maybe I'll have to appreciate
his courage again.





© Palas Kumar Ray.All rights reserved.

Submitted: Friday, May 02, 2014
Edited: Saturday, June 07, 2014

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  • Susan Lacovara (5/6/2014 6:02:00 PM)

    He keeps his vows of everlasting love, and stays the course alone....for now, his choice. A fine piece, you have given us reason to ponder...what if? PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (5/3/2014 8:39:00 AM)

    He knows what he wants in life, he wanted the pure love to stay and not to be overshadowed by new happiness..and this will make him always feel the love purely and eternally_Soul (Report) Reply

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