Elixir of Life

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A magical liquid,
a golden hue
The small chalice perspires
Like morning flowers dotted with dew

Slowly rising smoke
And a refreshing aroma
Like along the river
Someone playing the viola

Over small sips friends bond
Over small sips blossoms young love
Many stories are shared
with a warm cup in hand
Many memories come back
With its sweet fragrance

It is what brings you and me together
It is the excuse
that makes my evening bright
With small sips I often see you smile
It is the elixir of my life

-Saunak Pal

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A walk into the light

Today finally the day has come
a day of reckoning, some would say
He looked back again, towards the empty ward
remembering how, he was brought that day

It was a different day, of a different year
For those who cared, he found them near
Holding his hands gently, he was made to sit in the chair
‘Everything will be fine’, was all that he could hear

Slowly the days turned into months,
and nights got painfully long
those who used to visit daily earlier
now turned up barely once

The ward became his new kingdom,
the bed, a Throne unsought
through the window danced light and shadows
a sight that kept his hopes afloat

Often he saw the nurse’s grim face
when the doctor checked his charts
with teary eyes he prayed for relief,
if not, then at least to stop his heart

then one fine day the news came
news as blessings for his prayers
‘there’s nothing more that can be done,
so its better you spend time back home’

Now is the time to say Goodbye,
a goodbye to bygone years
With a smile he marches to the door
eyes moist with tears

He knows it might be just for one last time
but still he is free for now
to smell the air and touch the tree
and greet the light
that danced at his lonely window

He knows, finally the day had come
To say goodbye to all that’s been done

To welcome darkness with open arms
he walks into the light, just this once

-Saunak Pal