Chandra sekharan

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Oracle - Poem by Chandra sekharan

Yesterday a friend of mine Kundu passed away
Had seen him in ICU in coma two days ago
He was breathing with ventilator and mask
With dead brain as proclaimed by doctor
Was detained in ICU for the arrival of
His sons and daughter from various Global capitals
They all came saw his motionless, sleeping body
Mask was removed breathing stopped
Body was brought to his house and
Kept in ice box of entrance hall
When I reached, house and surroundings were
Jam packed with mourners
Many mourners were placing flowery wreaths
Bereaved and screaming wife, sons and daughter
Were by the side of ice box
Their crying faces were covered with flowing tears
Wife was shouting “ My dear Kundu God could have
Taken me instead of you. There is no life without you”
She was beating her chest
Sons and daughter were repeating similar things
Few mourners were trying to pacify them
But were not successful
Daughter was shouting “ dad if I had not gone abroad
You would have lived longer and I would not have missed you
I am cursing myself”
None of the dead man’s brothers or sisters were present there
Since they were all chased away from his
House long back by his wife for family feud
Gradually situation became uncontrollable
Mourning bob became restless
Everybody was looking at the wrapped up body of the dead man
Suddenly a little movement was noticed on his body
Fingers and foot started moving, mouth and eye lids opened slightly
Mob including wife and children were horror struck
They summoned the family doctor and doctor said
“his brain was dead but not his body “
Suddenly the entire icebox with the body started shaking
The lid of the box was thrown up to ceiling
The dead man bailed out of the box with bulging eyes
Tongue jetting out
He stood like an oracle
Chased away the entire mob including wife and children
He gesticulated by jumping up and down
Totally tired, suddenly he became silent and stood there
Like a saint fed up with materialistic life
He screamed “I am ready to bless anybody other then my wife
And children whom I would
Have exploited and harassed for the betterment
Of myself and my family”.
When incident reached such critical situation
Wife and children rushed forward
Caught him and pushed him into the box
And sealed with the lid
He was dead and funeral procession proceeded

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 10, 2009

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