It belonged to life
Life under those small roofs
Under the shadow of walkers, stoppers, and smokers
It resisted the shadows, dimming the lights of hope
Every time a shadow passed by, it quelled and cursed softly
It hurted those shadows with small hands and weapons of play
It didn’t knew that shadows were the hope which refracted the lights
The wonders of the world are made by men- who knew and felt love through hunger and pain.
The electricity was sparse it told about people and the livelihood for them; using either the flammable resources or generators. Though latter was only for people who felt the need of luxury at the minimal. As I sat there looking towards the long unfinished marvel of mankind.
I heard the song and saw the dark shadows of people along with the silent boats moving under the slow breeze. I think it was the songs which attracted the fishes but maybe it was life for this people- The cry for hunger. The grave poverty around this region where people saw death and life tied through one string of hunger. The moonlight was braving against the darkness providing the perfect symphony for the darkness to perform a duel. As the night passed the number boats floating in the shallow water of lake had increased, they were seen using small torches to keep away from crashing into one another. I had now moved down from the little shanty built beside the lake. The lake was dug by humans to feed the need of more than 10 villages nearby and 3 miles down the road you could still see a India and Bangladesh border.
As I got closer to the water it was an engulfing silence which haunted me. More than 20 boats in the lake and still it was as silent as the night not an insect sang. The silence was so defying that I could hear the far house where the cooker whistled. Suddenly a boat came ashore in front of me and two men got out along with small boy holding a neatly folded net. The small boy carried on without stopping for the men while they men tied their boat to a rock.
They hadn’t seen me till now but as they saw me, they lighted a small candle and kept in front of me.
It’s an old saying that men don’t understand words they understand the glass they hold.
They smiled through the candle light and offered me a glass, a stainless steel glass of drink. They laughed looking at me as I smelled it initially, “Don’t worry it’s just a wine.”
I asked them “Aren’t they afraid carrying such a small boat without safety equipments in such a huge lake. “
One of them who had finished his drink said “We have been doing this for all our lives. We live on this lake, the daily fishing we do is our daily food. Rest of which remains we sell in the market and earn. This is our cycle of life and we enjoy this part. We only live hand to mouth. The little guy who took the net had some fishes the mother will cook now and then they would eat.”
As I got lost in my thoughts of living under night sky, both of the men started talking about going back. After which they washed the glasses with lake water and started untying the boat. They waved at me and went forwards towards their livelihood.
The rain was lashing out towards the crawling morning crowd
Small humans held and despised by nature
As the car maneuvered through the heavy traffic of morning
I felt a soft desperate knock of help on my side window
The knock was more of a pleading for bit of help
As the direction of knock carried me out
Once I could fear her as only the red sari showed the eyes looking for the morning tea on roads
With her shivering hands she knocked again, curling her finger and spreading her palms
The rain was still lashing on her sari covered body
I searched of the switch to lower my window; the sight outside was too helpless
The cold droplets of rain still leaped on through the edges of window
I hadn’t decided what to give or what I was supposed to do
As I fumbled through my pocket the car behind me honked
Unpleasantly I didn’t have any cash
I had a jacket on the side seat, maybe it would be more than enough
As I gave it to her the relief in the eyes to protect her body could be seen in those eyes
Yes, maybe I did it.
I had just moved ahead but my side mirror told me maybe I saved a soul in this weather.
As I went through the last bit healing
I could feel the pain piercing through the narrow gaps cuts
It etched and felt the dying pain
The pain and seething for the things I could have done or places I could I lived
As I kept imagining the wounds on my body
I kept looking at the wounds which were healing
Maybe a human soul doesn’t need healing
It needs answer the question arising through combination expectations going through the life
A mind for most humans is like a panoramic view under the holocaust for the heart
Maybe the war of survival would go on in those minds of humans
Living with a smile and anger of a day
As the beauty encapsulated the eyes,
The long green patches and small ponds filled the puzzle of long forgotten memories
The narrow roads leading to a small hut,
Where water was luxury and electricity an alienated technology
The journey had been long and tiring but the escapes of destination haunted the vision
Yes, even six long years had made me silently despise my reasons of staying away
As each station passed back I felt the breeze hugging me
Telling me about the storms and morning sunlight
As the distance diminished with each passing second the beats under my skin didn’t feel similar to mine
As I visited the long forgotten me lost in those green patches and easing through those ponds.