shona sengupta

Rookie - 3 Points (20 august 1997 / India)

For The Sake Of The Burning Fire - Poem by shona sengupta

Amidst the dark and stormy night,
Inside the fire was alight
Around the furnace stood a merry bunch
With the keeper who had a big hunch
His eyes were so sparkling bright
It made them all gasp and wonder.
Roaring through the stormy night
Was the astounding thunder
For the sake of the burning fire
Only the sound of laughter went higher
The keeper still stood just as still
Though not very against his will
Watching the small company
He smiled though not finding it funny
Why he smiled was still a mystery
Each wondered why
Though the house seemed a part of ancient history
It was their shelter for the night
In the middle of the jungle
It was certainly a comforting sight
No one knew it was ever there
That too with a keeper
But they were lucky enough to find it
With or without a sweeper
For the sake of the burning fire
They settled down for the night
Cleaned the house and took a bite
That was more than they could wish for
The next day the entire storm cleared away
And they all woke up with bleary eyes
After the peaceful and sleepy night
Courtesy demands
They must thank their keeper
They got up to search for him
But he was no where to be found
Where he went no one knew
The dog that was to the railing bound
Disappeared too
This was indeed odd but could not really be helped
So after getting ready to go to the city
They finally left
Excited at their discovery
About the cottage
Even though without the keeper
Would become a lovely tourist hotel
They gathered some men
But when they reached
They left in shock and hurry
They could not believe
That after the dreadfully adventurous night
The cottage could indeed disappear
Just overnight
Some grew pale while others grew white
The others ran for their lives
The men certainly thought that each must be mad
But the friends knew a wee bit more
The keeper who kept them safe and sound through that night
Could be none other than God
In disguise
It could certainly not be otherwise
They left the place in holy silence
Only praying that in ' the disappearing house'
Other lives like theirs will be saved
For the sake of the burning fire
That they did not forget till date
- Aparimita Das


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 26, 2009



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