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BIRTHDAY OF ONE ALONE IN A CITY, IN A TOWN

ONE, ALONE
IN THE CITY, EARTH
ALL THE TIME -- DAY, NIGHT
SEEKS MEANING OF LIFE, TRUTH --

THESE PATHS
WHICH ARE LONGER
THAN ANY LIFETIME
HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN
ANY DESTINATION TO REACH

DARKER THAN MOONLESS NIGHT
THE WELL OF LIFE
DRAWS SMOKE
INSTEAD OF TEARS
FROM HIS UNSHELTERED EYES

ONE, ALONE
HAS LIVED MANY LIFETIMES
AND ONE MORE YEAR
LET SLIP THROUGH HIS FINGERS
TIMELESS SANDS
OF MEANINGLESSNESS, LIES

NOW WITHOUT REASON TO LIVE
AND INABILITY TO DIE
COUNTS EVERY PASSING MOMENT
AS A YEAR BACKWARD
AND INSTEAD OF THE TRUTH
YEARNS ONLY JUST TO KNOW
HOW LONG
ONEALONE

(This poem was written in response to a greeting which I received on my birthday. Some lines were inspired by Gulzar's 'Ek Akela Is Shehr Men')

 

ramesh gandhi