Age Page

Atul Chandra Sarkar

The page of Age
flip fast when we’re happy;
flip slowly when we’re sad;
but pages flip and open chapters
until the last few pages
of the last chapter remain,
and that’s the time
we rub our eyes; clean lenses;
we look up, then bring our glasses
near and far,
to ensure that our vision is clearer;
but all in vain; all in vain;
we feel the creases of our skin;
we look at our hair,
sometimes here; sometimes there;
feel the sparse or the bald;
then open our mouth to check
whether there’s a tooth,
which is about to fall,
or how we'd look without denture;
it’s then when we give a call
to a dear one to bring the album
and sit with us;
to show them how we looked:
but then the dear one slyly slips away
‘coz you have the time, not they,
at least not for you;
making you realize that you’re spent;
more so if you’re a dependent;
and God forbid, if you’re sick
you’re a burden;
and, if you’re bedridden then….
you better go:
the sooner, the better
for nears and dears.
Time is too precious
to be wasted in a clinic or crematorium;
so take the flowers;
take the fire; turn to ashes;
or let dust
press your lids and lashes;
that’s how you, the once most wanted
become the most unwanted;
that’s how it goes
till the end dear friend!!
I know it hurts
but then you’re too frail,
too expended to react;
so let the days pass,
so let the last days pass,
as they pass,
let them pass,
until you pass,
yes, pass-away..


Atul Chandra Sarkar's picture

Double Post Graduate in Philosophy and Sociology and LLB degree-holder, a Gold Medalist from Canning College, University of Lucknow, U.P. India. Presently engaged as Advisor (Industrial Relations) and Public Information Officer (Corporate) at Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd., Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India and is a Guest Faculty at Electricity Training Institute, Sarojini Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on the Right to Information Act, 2005. An Advocate registered with the Bar Council. Articles, poems and short stories have been published in popular National dailies like Pioneer, Northern India Patrika, Times of India, Campus Verse, Shaktivani, etc. A Blogger at Times of India's speakingtree and having a flair for oil painting. A democratic, liberal and humanist to the core.

Last updated November 14, 2014