He’s here, but he’s truly not,
I don’t recognize him,
In fact I never have and never will,
He babbles and abuses too,
His eyes, don’t see what we see,
It sees a world that keeps opressing him,
His mouth becomes a flame of lies,
Of pain and hurt,
betrayal and crimes,
His past surfaces in and he becomes the same old boy
With khaki shorts and torn shirt,
With worn chappals and lost eyes
Who’s father beat him, to hide his lies,
To hide his affair with the woman he loved,
Who wasn’t his wife.
It all comes back to him, at times in episodes too.
He remembers the time his purple hand was beaten black,
The times his father thrashed him
Left him away and ignored his plight.
But oh he forgets the time he left us away,
Says I am a burden,
And my siblings are no longer his children too.
He slurrs and slips,
Fumbles on his own failures, oh he falls.
And when his tired eyes and calloused feet hurt a lot,
He crashes his stout body on the defeated old bed,
Mumbbles a “I hate you, you’re no longer my child’
And goes back to sleep, soundly, every night.