Thoughts on laying down the twin offices
Just a little after
laying down my twin offices,
on the superannuation day,
I suddenly feel a strange peace
descending down to my mind.
Oh, what a relief!
No more nagging voices, cacophonic
ringing in the mind’s ear,
shattering the peace within.
No more shrieking ringtones,
popping up some distress call to urgently look into.
No more never ending maneuvering, arguments
with virtually reluctant associates, subordinates
to get even the normal, routine tasks done smoothly.
No more pressures of demands, reasonable or unreasonable,
blames and impotent sarcasms, from disgruntled seekers,
to cope or shrug off.
No more haunting deadlines,
scaring the sleep away
for the rest of the night.
No more thorns pricking, all over,
from the crown to the throne,
leaving behind a restless soul.
Ah, so beautiful could turn out my world,
But it did! What a relief!
Now, there seems, at long last,
plenty of time ‘to stand and stare.’
— Ashok Misra