Aniruddha Pathak

Gold Star - 9,191 Points (25.05.1941 / Godhra - Gujarat)

I Remember That Farewell Night - Poem by Aniruddha Pathak

Placed on a plastic plate my farewell cake
Slid by, my colleagues waiting, soon to leave,
Polite li'le words vouched, more for goodness' sake,
I still remember that eventless eve

When eased I was unto my life's late eve
Called retirement, an edge of precipice,
A web of old memories to re-live,
Between being bagful and bare with blight,
Warm words when felt like frosted cubes of ice.

When cake tasted bitter with sweet icing,
Cold drinks warmed by hype and hypocrisy,
A pomp-enwrapped packet when lay waiting,
The eve to end— packed as to look pricey,

A toothless tiger was waiting to fade,
After thankless long weeks of cajoling
To try win over an unwilling head,
And countless calls O aimed at arm-twisting.

When virtues were extolled alien to ears:
That, I would be missed for long time that comes—
By all, colleagues and peers and superiors—
Ho-hum that failed to add up to the sums.

My value was when mouthed— ah not a pause,
I cut at last the cake amidst applause;
Yea, I remember well my farewell plight,
When I slipped into my life's looming night—

An edge of precipice called retirement,
When overnight I felt like force nigh spent!
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To be fair to the company I worked for, my farewell function was nowhere dull as this piece might suggest. But the truth is: I do not like farewells, soaked as they are in hypocrisy. I tried to avoid this one as much as I had many before, but failed. And a routine had to be gone through!
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Tongue-in-cheek | 02.02.13 |

Topic(s) of this poem: farewell

Comments about I Remember That Farewell Night by Aniruddha Pathak

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (4/3/2018 1:12:00 AM)

    Aniruddha, such a well penned heartfelt poem....10+++ (Report) Reply

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  • Jez Brul (4/3/2018 12:49:00 AM)

    A melancholic poem..the feeling of loneliness is perfectly encapsulated in this piece...10 (Report) Reply

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