On The Pavement

John Kolyav By John Kolyav, 20th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It is true that ‘old age has its honor and its toil’. But, sometimes an old man has to watch the busy world silently.

Night vision

Let us lean against the shutter
And feel the roughness of the threshold.
All the shops are closed, the last one in progress, see,
At the other side of the street, he pulls his lock thrice
To make sure, and glances around and gazes
With suspicious eyes at a peddler, now he clasps
His bag to his chest and moves towards his bike
(Lips still chanting the day’s bargaining words)

There, see my dear, from that side lane
Darkness, like a destitute,
Encircled by mysterious odor
Peeps in, withdraws, and then again peeps
When, each night bus passes by.

Do you remember, our countryside
Where swarms of dragonflies danced after the harvest?
O that is long past! How many roads we crossed?
(The roads in which ‘isms’ flourish and perish,
Religions shed blood for non-existing gods and demons)

How many philosophies we discarded? We forgot to live!

Let us remain as each other’s walking stick
And if we have pulse tomorrow
Let us cover the hot ways remaining.


Capitalism, Communism, Pavement, Riot, Road, Shop Keeper, Street

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author avatar John Kolyav
Born in 1963, Postgraduated in 1986. Six novels and four poetry books published. Got three state- level awards for literary works. More details at www.johnsonpj.com

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Sep 2012 (#)

Many realize too late that the world has passed them by. Lifestyles have simply changed overnight for most! What we lack most now is time for wach other, sadly. Thanks for the share, John - siva

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author avatar John Kolyav
20th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks for the appreciation and comment sir

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