Soma Mukherjee


Milestone And A Mountain Rock - Poem by Soma Mukherjee

Once a milestone met a mountain rock on a social networking site
We have so much in common thought the milestone and sent the rock an invite

The mountain rock was shocked and disgusted at the very thought
That a low class milestone could even think they were same left him quite distraught

Any other day he would not had replied or even considered the request
But he had a plan, to teach the likes of milestone their place in society and teach a lesson to these pests

So he sent milestone a message and asked why he wanted to be a mountain rocks friend
What he saw was common between the two and where the milestone thought their interests or thoughts will blend

Milestone sensed a little anger in the tone but he replied back giving it another try
He told the rock his intentions were honourable and assured him he was not an opportunist small fry

Milestone wrote how excited he was to meet someone who was from the same family of rocky mountain
And that they were both on either side on the same highway and he was the one near the huge fountain

He reminded rock of the incidences that they both have witnessed in the past
And of the rains, summers and winters that served them both the same despite they been living in contrast

He said he knew he will never be able to find place in the big mountain which is rocks home
But despite all the differences he could not resist sending invite to someone with whom he shared the same biome

Rock was eagerly waiting for the reply; he read the letter and groaned
He started drafting a befitting reply to be given to milestone

So the rock replied agreed we both live in the same locality but does that mean I have to pals with everyone who does
We look at the same high way but while you only get to see the wheels and legs and I the better view of all the buzz

I am at such a height that I get to see the world from a far better perspective and feel the fresh air like you never will
I have thousands of admirers all eager to climb me and see the world from my eyes, standing on the hill

Sun kisses me first every morning and glorifies my being
Stories and songs are written on my heights and I am quite a popular for sight seeing

I pity you and your tribe living in all dust and grime, and neglect
You have been helping giving direction to people for so long but it is me who has earned all their respect

Of course you will want to be my friend and try and get a taste of my privileged life style
You know nothing about our life but still want to be friends with which just makes me riled

Even if we do become friend it will always be beneficial to only you
While I will never have anything to gain from you, you will get more than your share of due.

Milestone read the message and took back his request from the rock
He could never be friends with anyone who would always look down upon him and mock

Milestone was hurt a bit but he had seen far worse to be sad or annoyed
He just sent a message one last time to the rock making it clear when it came to voicing opinion he was anything but coy

You are arrogant no doubt, and I won’t say you are all wrong.
May be till now people you met, wanted to be your friends, cos you are famous, rich and strong.

But isn’t it callous and foolish to let past rule you and how you take calls
You are so intoxicated by your riches that you didn’t even bother to find about me at all

For a rock with a better view your views sure seem narrow and constricted
I hope you play well in future considering your past or arrogance has your moves so restricted

May be I could have contributed to your life or bring some positivity, may be not
But all you saw in that offer was the losses and gains and your possible shots

While there will never be dearth of good souls there will also be people who will try and put one down
But if one is sincere in work and takes pride in whatever they do, no one can belittle their crown

I sent you an invite and you rejected, let us just leave it at that
I really wanted to be your friend so I will not drag it anymore or indulge in ugly spat

Take care rock, harsh weathers are ahead may god bless us both and save us from natures wrath
And since you will be facing the harsh storm more up there I hope you have enough warmth and strength to survive that

Needless to say, they never exchanged any mail again
I may be wrong but I am happy for both cos whenever there is doubt and lack of trust in any relationship I don’t think either side gains

I don’t know if they had become friends’ how far it would have gone or whose loss or gain it would have been
But before you accept someone in your life or send an invite, it’s better to check whether or not they are worth it or else you may end up feeling chagrin.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, June 11, 2011


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