Theme: Lament

The Sea Widow - Part 4

(Young Jack's Lament) 

Young Jack felt the loss

The sense of despair and desolation

At this time of the year

Each year on Father’s Day

As if the sky had caved in

Every June on the third Sunday.


He dreaded going to school

The following day, unable to share

Or take part in the communal experience

Being excused the ordeal

Of standing up in class

To describe the card he never gave,

The present he never bought,

Or the lasting moments of intimacy

That he never enjoyed

Nor the sense of belonging

Or being the heir-apparent

To a paternal figure, perennially missing.


The sense of betrayal;

At night he would mourn

The absence of walks by the sea,

The lack of bicycle trips

The ride on a playground swing,

Soaring high in the sky

Till he almost touched the clouds;

Sitting by the fireside playing chess

Or solving never-ending puzzles

With crucial pieces missing,

Like the void in his burgeoning life.


Young Jack blamed Circe,

She of the beguiling voice,

The magical potions

Her cup of bewitching sorcery.     


More By  :  Kewal Paigankar

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