Pratyush Mishra

Rookie (19.08.1990 / Bhubaneswar, Odisha)

I Was Afraid Of The Dark... - Poem by Pratyush Mishra

I was afraid of the Dark
When I was young
As if in its bosom
Waited some Satan from Meung.

It gave me goosebumps
Bristling hair on the neck
Dark was too dangerous a cliff, I thought
There my neck and soul would break!

Was it an Effrit?
Or some Genie?
Stroking its malignant beard in the dark
Whose name was being chanted by the cricket!

I was afraid of the Dark
But I grew bolder
Risking my Fear’s stability
For a walk in Life’s Park!

I am still afraid of the Dark
It is wedded to life itself
But I choose to walk on …and on
Though it’s short-lived –My courage’s spark!

23rd September,2009

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 8, 2010

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