When Dreams Died ... by Roshni Sengupta SignUp
Boloji.com
Channels

In Focus

 
Analysis
Cartoons
Education
Environment
Opinion
Photo Essays
 
 

Columns

 
Business
Random Thoughts
 
 

Our Heritage

 
Architecture
Astrology
Ayurveda
Buddhism
Cinema
Culture
Festivals
Hinduism
History
People
Places
Sikhism
Spirituality
 
 

Society & Lifestyle

 
Health
Parenting
Perspective
Recipes
Society
Teens
Women
 
 

Creative Writings

 
Book Reviews
Computing
Humor
Individuality
Literary Shelf
Memoirs
Quotes
Stories
Travelogues
Workshop
 
 
Theme: Introspection Share This Page
When Dreams Died ...
by Roshni Sengupta
Bookmark and Share
  Her palms felt sticky with muck,
She rummaged more, and more'
It was not really a pile of garbage;
Though it smelt worse.
It resembled ash.
She picked up pieces of flesh;
Blackened. Half-burnt, cinder-like,
Almost nauseous.

She smiled at the sight,
A sad, melancholic half-smile;
Refused to leave her lips.
The small rag she picked up next,
Made her smile a little more;
More tears rolled out of her eyes.

The gaunt, bearded man;
Felt his chin, craggy and rough,
Burdened by a waif, his grandchild.
Working away on his noisy sewing machine
He had fed a family, struggling to survive.
Yesterday, hidden behind a large sewage pipe;
Miserable and powerless,
He saw his house turn to ashes.

The girl was away at school;
Unaware.

The sharp steel had glinted,
And so had those eyes.
He hated the day, the stars
When Abba had called in the maulvi.
What was it that took him so close to death?

The child returned;
Shocked!
To a gaping hole,
In the midst of nowhere.
She had tried to sniff,
For a sign of her parents'

The rag had brought the memories back,
With a reminder of the present.
The girl, alone;
Was his blood, his child's offspring
His child,
Whom he had watched becoming a memory'

The girl stood up and turned;
Her eyes, big and blank,
Tore his heart'
For he had seen,
Maybe even felt;
Her dreams dying.
Share This:
December 03, 2006
More By: Roshni Sengupta
Views: 1093      Comments: 0




Name *
Email ID
 (will not be published)
Comment *
Verification Code*
Can't read? Reload
Please fill the above code for verification.



 
 
 
 
 
 
1999-2021 All Rights Reserved
 
No part of this Internet site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright holder
.