Duty's Burden

from today
a mother
would lull the kids
to sleep
without telling them
to wait for the father
to return from office.

today onwards,
two young kids
will not run away
from the TV seats,
on hearing the
footsteps of father.

a young widow
would learn to
going out for
rations and medicine
all alone.

she would
not have to hector
an office phone
to send her husband
home this moment
as
the tea is getting cold.

from
today
onwards,
she has to plough
the lone furrows
yoked
single to life

for

yesterday
two gangsters
posing as
customers
have
killed
her
banker husband
for doing his duty.

by samyak jain

Comments (1)

'Ever notice that the whisper of temptation can be heard farther than the loudest call of duty.” - By Earl Wilson How come this poem not attracted the comment of any? I really wonder... Wonderful feelings... Usually there is loud cry for those who are dead With one days visit to those who are left behind. -vidi-