Destiny - Poem by Somnath Roy
He rushed into the house,
And hugged his mother with a ferocious intensity,
And said, 'I'm in love'
'Yes, I'm in love', as if
he himself wanted to question its validity
His mother eyes sparkled in a questioning look
and she is the Goddess sent from above.'
His mother was happy for him,
After all these years, he'd finally found his girl
Now, it was time for the happiness to commence
She immediately sent for the lovely lass,
A beauty that must be equal to the glowing pearl, who
had the power to overwhelm her boy's heart;
And destined to become one of the richest princesses.
The figure stood facing her,
Her black manes overflowing on both sides,
'She's definitely a sight to behold',
thought the overjoyed mom,
'Tell me, oh dear sweetheart, do you really love my son? '
The girl was taken aback, she staggered away a little,
And slowly replied, 'No, I never loved him'-
An answer which sent a million arrows
through the mother's heart
Shattered it to pieces, tore it apart,
But, came the faint reply, 'He loves you so much...'
The girl shook her head as a sign of disagreement, and said,
'I don't love him, I can't love him'
And then her face became all plain and grim
Giving a tragic end to this transient episode.
The mother knew that the girl was poor,
Her father was ill and on Death's door,
So, she offered help:
'I'll pay you for your father's expenses
And in return, you have to pretend
that you're in love with my son'
Leresa looked aghast, shocked at the woman's heartlessness,
Yet, to save him, she didn't have any other choice
And had to agree to her mind's silent noise
As tears rolled down her rosy cheeks.
So, they were married in a week,
A happy couple who was blessed by the whole town
They honeymooned in the Family Villa in a little island
And to the world, they seemed
the greatest lovers in History to be written down
The boy was filled with pride; he was the luckiest person on Earth
When he looked at the majestically curved face,
And lost himself in those serene blue hypnotising eyes.
The mother was ecstatic in seeing her son smiling,
What she couldn't see was the girl's silent mourning,
It didn't matter to her, coz,
she didn't care for Leresa's feelings,
She was a winner, which was all, she wasn't a human being
And yet, she'd conquered the thing called 'Love'.
Then, tragedy struck one day,
The girl's father lay dead on his bed,
Silent as night, still like stone
Sadly, there was no-one for him to mourn,
Only her daughter at his bed-side,
For people despise poverty.
To the girl, the deal had ended,
There was no need to return to the 'airy' cage,
So, she took shelter in her lover's house
The next day, the boy saw them-
Passionately holding & kissing each other,
Through their open door;
He wished them luck secretly as he stormed
through his palace sobbing,
The next day, they found him in a grisly state-
Wrist-cut, demented, lifeless on the floor....
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