At the Fag End

Quote.John Keats.Ode to a Nightingale.3

 House arrest! Can’t step out!

Solitary confinement!

Keep within the room!

Confinement to bed!

Can’t put your foot down!

Oh, just a bed to spend

the rest of days and nights!

Okay…fine…but how sad!

No-no, don’t jump to conclusions!

I’m not describing

the kinds of sentences awarded under 

Indian (or any other) Penal Code.

These uncomfortable conditions actually

happen to be the final phases

one has to pass through,

in senses – full, partial or none,

at the fag end of one’s long

and well lived life!

**********

Ashok Misra

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