Cadence Of Old Father - Poem by Sameer Ahsan
My wife, a bed ridden
I too, on them burden
Reason enough! They left alone
Load on me, turned my own!
Loneliness, starve and weakness
None of these, I am feeling sickness
But, having learnt I am abandoned!
Having learnt, they have shunned!
Feeling alienated, life stayed!
Darkness all around, towards a ray I lamed,
Phoned my daughter and before I gasped
“Abba, how are you “, she asked?
Life was heavy until, I broke down at last
She too joined me in aghast!
And came by evening, took away with her
With my daughter, life is little better.
With my daughter, life is little better
When, taken to a new shelter
At her door, she be my daughter
But, my heart ache, throb and beat for there!
Where as a child I played
As young my duties I paid
Now as an old, being estrange
From my motherland, my birth place.
Tears roll down my feet!
Such farewell, I did not want to bid!
Further, things are must embrace!
Whirl of time brought this change.
Ever, I never imagined of anywhere
My life away from motherland dear
Nevertheless, destiny did not bother!
Moreover, any of three did not care
Unspoken pain of an old father
Unspoken pain of helpless father
Alas, their choice; abandoned me rather!
Alas, their choice abandoned me rather!
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