Jasbir Chatterjee

(4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Trying Hard to Remain Sane, Normal

The minute hand of the wall clock
Ticked away relentlessly,
Past the “5” mark…
Oblivious to the drama unfolding before her,
My heart beat fast,
As I frantically tried to complete my daily chores,
Trying hard to remain sane, normal…

With my hand bag and laptop slung on my shoulder
I clambered down the staircase and placed the bowl of sabji
With a thud on my Mom’s dining table.
I ran to her bedroom; found her asleep, her eyes shut,
Dad sat beside her, Gurbani playing on the TV,
Looking glum, lips pursed tight, trying hard to remain sane, normal…

I called out, “Bye, Daddy! ”
With his lips moving in prayer,
He nodded in reply…
Fighting back my tears,
I turned and rushed out,
Trying hard to remain sane, normal…

Work went on as usual in the office,
People ran around, disoriented, harassed,
Struggling with various reports…
My juniors kept on arguing with me, refusing to understand
Patiently, keeping anger and violence out of my tone, I asserted myself
Trying hard to remain sane, normal…

25 December 2013

Submitted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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  • Amitava Sur (5/31/2014 11:01:00 PM)

    This is the life which always try to distract us away from the normalcy, still we have to fight it out. Well described. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (2/7/2014 10:42:00 PM)

    This is a beautiful poem, nice to read and realize your efforts to try being sane and normal. The poem has a wonderful title and a natural flow of words to describe the trying circumstances.
    'Patiently, keeping anger and violence out of my tone, I asserted myself
    Trying hard to remain sane, normal…' - Appreciable, hard to do though.
    Well done! (Report) Reply

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