Prasanna Mishra

Freshman - 501 Points (5th September,1942 / BHUBANESWAR)

Hump On The Highway - Poem by Prasanna Mishra

The dry leaves
Year after year
Have the same message
The stage is for others

Stay therefore
I must
In the cage
Like the mute parrot
Newly bought
With only the pair of ears
My only
Acceptable possession.

A lifeless hump
On the highway
To ensure
Safe journey
For others
To endure
Their load
And exist
In my cell.

I hear one day
The evening cuckoo
I see someone coming;
Yes, he comes
To me
To me alone
Needs an answer
To his enquiry.

Must I then
Not break my silence
Like the deserted well
Built in days of yore
Quenching the thirst
Of a way-worn
Lone wary traveller
In an alien land!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, June 27, 2013

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