Four walls are rising up daily, shading.
Day stretches longer and longer.
An insignificant life humbles down.
Gasping, craving heaving for fresh air.
Foul smelling old age hangs on,
Exposing skeleton and sinews ghastly.
Leaning on helplessness, life crumbles,
stumbles on anguish and frustrations.
Lips move uncontrollably in quick segments.
Teeth less mouth slips down; dripping saliva.
By habit hand reaches for the buzzer.
No attendant turns up, awaiting for orders.
Feeble hands of sun fondles sometimes
Moon and starlit sky often peeps into day dreams
Moonlight dinner served to a tiny tot-
gets cold in the deep freezer of memory.
World runs faster than ever before,
Everyone gets struck in a time machine.
Pleasantries and fineries are forgotten.
Nobody cares to care no one
With a limping body and broken ego,
Many lives stay stagnant on mattresses
Blaring sound of music attacks siesta
Grand children having the whale of a time
Suddenly some one carries you on stretcher
Runs through the hospital corridor to the x-ray
Sky above reels round the retina
Entire cosmos bows downs in colour patches.
Heart x-ray picture shows a lot of greenery.
A lot of favorite things like blue satin ribbons!
Fantasies of life, flora and fauna, butterflies,
Song of birds, roar of animals, chimes of bell.
Aroma of life takes smell of surgical spirit.
Pills and medicines make a beeline to throat.
Food delicacies have disappeared from the menu.
In the sour of elixirs life breathes on.
Submitted by Satheesan Rangorath.