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Satyanarayana -The paper Boy

by Mangari Rajender (Zimbo)
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My daily newspaper
hasn't been dropped today,
It will surely be tossed tomorrow.
There's nothing special about it;
but possibly
a sorrow might be
hidden in it.

The paper boy Satyanarayana,
who startled us from our sleep
every morning,
hurling the newspaper,
may not be seen,
but the paper continues
to appear everyday.

If he was late in giving
the paper any day,
how patiently he used
to hear the expletives
of our impatience,
but when we delayed paying
the newspaper bill,
he never complained,
his face showed
not anger, but joy.

He knew which paper
we read on a particular day,
on Sundays
how many different newspapers
we would need -
he knew more than we did.

But he departed because
he didn't know
what drugs his body needed.
No newspaper carried
the obituary notice
of the paperboy Satyanarayana
who carried papers
all his life.

When I touch the paper
every morning,
his memory
melts my heart.


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