RAIN: THE CHANGE (Poem)
With the smell of the perfume she wore With the colour of grief enlivening the shore Fretting the monotony hanging in the air In dearth of moments to relax and stare. She came.
Knock-knock! She waved her hands Clearing her throat for introduction. Arrogant ants – black and white Memorising rules and regulation.
But she came and the voice of the radio wavered.
Dispatching a letter of invitation; Sliding a dead leaf – Yellow and dry – the world outside, Through my window-slit.
I heard a few doors slammed; Pairs of shutters drawn down. Houseflies buzzing over the rotten rubber; Frogs carousing around.
So yes, she came!
Halting the rushing world Who always ran late. Fingers and palms came out Of the children and the aged.
“Roll No.78?” Shaky voice said, “Present”. “Roll No.81?” Silence meant absent.
Regret in their eyes – vivid, Last few drops of tears, For wasting the entire life Without testing the fears.
Now, she moved on! A chariot pulled by the wind; To water the poor souls and the saplings on them. “Tell ‘em your story, old man! Lest they follow the same.” Remember what you promised me in bed? You will kiss me every night on your pillow till we meet again. Are you keeping your promise?” “Renu, I love you a lot…. “By the way, have you told your parents about us? Or are you still afraid that they will not accept our child who will see the light of the world in eight months. Please don’t feel afraid dear. After all they are your parents. They will understand that we had no other option since our child is breathing in your womb. Your parents will forgive us I am sure.”
“Renu, I have a great news for you. I have rented a new apartment for us here, in London. It is just by the river in the lap of nature. I have furnished it just the way you wanted it. For the next two months we will enjoy our honeymoon here before you return to the US to join your new job. I am really looking for a job change so that I can come to the US and we can start our new life, in a new way. Renu, I cannot live even one day without you now. “Come back soon dear…““Yours love “Ashish”
The Sun had set at the horizon. Tiny silvery stars appeared in the sky. The chirping birds had returned to their nests.
Guests had already started arriving. I could hear Renuka laughing and talking to her friends. Vinod was busy at the bar counter. Tingling sounds of glasses and crockery echoed from the living room.
Suddenly Vinod noticed I was not there.
“Diya… Diya…. Where are you?” He came into the room looking for me.
“Diya, I am so happy today. Everybody is praising Renuka. They are saying that we are the proud parents of such a talented, beautiful young lady. But, Diya, I know whatever Renuka has achieved today it is just because of you. You have sacrificed your own career, your own happiness to bring her up. You have guided her at every step, you have pulled her up when she failed, you have inspired her when she lost courage. You are a mother from whom every woman should learn.”
“No, Vinod, no. I have lost. I have failed. Please forgive me. I am ruined. I don’t know where I went wrong. But if I get another chance I wish I could start all over again.” I fell at his feet and wept.
Vinod held me in his arms and lifted me.
“Diya, what is the matter? Tell me. What has happened.”
But I had nothing to say. I looked out of the window at the dark sky. The tiny stars had disappeared. The sky was engulfed by dark clouds. Roaring wind was swaying the trees violently. Any moment it would rain. Perhaps rain would purify every soul on this Earth, heal every bruised mind, wash away every sin and show a new path, a new way to follow to reach the eternal, the inevitable, the ultimate. We