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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 25 New Delhi June 8, 2019

Retirement

Sunday 9 June 2019

The closing hour finally chimes;
you step out on the street.
A new reality stares
at your face: retirement.

You feel you’re free:
no deadlines, no pressure.
You try to settle down
in the last phase of life.

First, it stretches out
like a holiday—a long holiday,
but gradually you realise
an emptiness creeping up.

As if something within you
has been turned off;
the major part defining
your identity seems shut out.

It’s sailing into sunset; yet gleams
a newer world with softer hue,
where your real self never retires.
In the fading twilight it still matters.

A.K. Das

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