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In between

By- Dr Nunglekpam Premi Devi
Independent Scholar

Life isn’t shine bright, happy and smooth;
Living’s a dream; rich too materialistic;
Weak as poor, downtrodden as straight forward;
Courage’s power and power’s a maneuver;
Money! Money! Spoils the innocent, if I may say,
Understanding always a mistaken, priority always a fake;
Evidences not proven, lies standing tall true;
How may I? I understand little, a small lot;
You know! Circumstances aren’t that easy going;
One after the other; shout after shout;
Fight after fight; Anger overcomes anger;
Right and wrong, there isn’t judgment;
Deal me with care! Standing in between bribes,
I lay eyes upon the two, one to the other;
Still my heart beats equally, one a son two a father.

Listen to me! I try managing all cool,
Isn’t the way ‘you’ talk? Child’s a learner, learning;
‘Listening’ all that important; ‘Forgive’ is rewarding;
Brave as lion, stand tall front to front, son and father;
Family isn’t enemy; house isn’t a war field;
None lesser in pride, both equal in footage;
Nothing stopping, all Eye to eye; arm to arm;
Words to words, blame after blame;

Heavy as I carry, fearing my heart what may I do?
Oh hale! I stand in between, Weak as glittering glass,
How fearless I’m? Consoling and lecturing either,
Shaken and upset and disturbing and jiggling;
I beg, ‘no’ ‘no’ to all!
Hard as I deal! Not a wall has fallen,
Hear me! I lay thin murmuring in between.

Living’s a sacrifice, Hope isn’t a memoir;
Small and big isn’t finding different;
Equip ‘him’ I pray hard,
‘Maturing and understanding and forgiving’;
‘Bordering’ isn’t loving, Father to son;
And son to father, and ‘I’ in between a wholly entity;
Fair ‘me’ enough, ‘I’ a woman, a mother and a wife;
See ‘me’ through in between, ‘Kind’ enough I pray;
Stop! I request, ‘it’s your father’ feel enough;
Listen and be listening, good as I care;
Never! I coach ‘him’, beating’s a sin;
Say a word feels a hug;
‘Fasting’ isn’t a solution, hear me my dear;
Tired and exhausted I compromise in between;
Feebly I slay angers,
Strong I stand tall in between favors.

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. He also looks after the website and application of Imphal Times. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.

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