Innocent baby leaves

Atul Chandra Sarkar

I close my eyes to relax,
When suddenly paper airplanes,
Flood my inward sky;
The melange of the class-room,
Throws open the vista of my alumni;
I hear the class teacher scream,
As she thrashes the desk
With her slender cane that swooshes
Fear in innocent minds,
Voices sink in the silence
Of a lecture of do's and don’ts,
The school bell rings; the applause
Of liberty fills the environment;
Nudged, pushed and overtaken,
I scamper down the stairs,
To rush home, only to find
That it’s pouring heavily,
The rickshaw puller isn’t in sight,
I guess he might be sheltering,
Under some tree or else peddling
Hooded in a torn polythene bag,
Towards school to reach me;
In any case, I have to wait for him,
I pull out a page from my rough-copy,
Carefully fold it into a boat,
Then rush to the gushing drain,
Undeterred by hail-storm,
I clap as I see my paper boat sail,
Down the gushing, rainy stream;
No sooner cursing the heartless stone
That makes a Titanic of it,
The rainwater fills it to the brim,
My boat sinks; I am back home,
Mom rubs my wet hair dry,
Puts the first morsel in my mouth,
I smile at her, she smiles back,
Inanely I stare straight
At the vacant canvas,
I cannot hear the teacher shout,
I cannot hear the school bell peal,
I cannot see the paper airplanes,
I cannot see the boat I made,
I cannot see the rickshaw puller,
I cannot see either of my parents;
Where have all of them gone?
Where has my journey brought me?
Where am I going from here?
I wipe off the vapour from my lenses,
I peer out of the window,
The winter branches sport
Blushing, light green, baby leaves!

Atul Chandra Sarkar

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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 March 03, 2015