Theme: Aftermath

The Living Fossil

by Dr. Jaipal Singh
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It didn't happen
In a single moment
A day or month
Instead he fossilized
In the aftermath
Over the years
Atom by atom
Molecule by molecule
And particle by particle
His body and mind
Hardened like a stone.

Other than his duty
Other than his work,
Be it a friendship or enemity
Be it a success or failure
Be it a joy or pain
Nothing really attracts
Nothing really distracts
He is a living fossil now.

Yet there is a corner
In his fragile heart
Muscles and veins in place
Still refusing to fossilize
To remain as pure and soft
Hoping against hopes
Dreaming against odds
Someday from somewhere
From his era and species
A familiar face and soulmate
Would mend the missing links
To reinforce the lifeline
And join him to end
This never ending wait
Before the living fossil
Gets extinct.

Image © Getty Images

17-Jul-2012

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Comments on this Poem

Comment I agree hope, however, faint keeps us alive and get going in life through good and bad patches.

And thanks a lot for your generous remarks.

jairathore
18-Jul-2012 09:51 AM

Comment Yet there is a corner
In his fragile heart
Muscles and veins in place
Still refusing to fossilize
.............Loved it. That hope keeps us going, how faintest it may be, remains in corner of our heart and that's - 'The spirit of life'.

kingshuk
18-Jul-2012 00:57 AM

Comment A truth is often more fascinating, and excruciating too, than fiction.
A well wisher though in a virtual world (I treat internet like that), the last thing I would like you to simulate a living fossil at your age.

jairathore
18-Jul-2012 00:25 AM

Comment I am reading it so many times..very similar to me is this living fossil..

Rupradha
17-Jul-2012 17:12 PM

Comment I am spellbound!!

rupradhamookerjee
17-Jul-2012 16:46 PM


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