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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 40, New Delhi, September 21, 2019

Lone Furrow

Monday 23 September 2019

At daybreak when life stirs out of night’s slumber,

early mists evaporate in the slanting sun beams,

joggers come out on the street in steady numbers,

an old man leaning on a ‘walker’ brings up the rear.

Slowly he limps forward, an old woman by his side,

her hand on his arm, helping to keep the balance.

And they trudge on, as if they’re outside the world.

Long ago they set out together, crossing the portal,

pledging to share joy and grief in equal measure;

they performed their duties, raised the children

who now dwell in their future world of dreams.

Time changes; the last phase stares in the face

of the old couple, left to plough their lone furrow 

shaky steps, bony grip, yet hazy eyes fixed ahead.

Ajit Kumar Das

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