There’s a house on the hilltop
From my balcony I see it everyday
A very intriguing one it looks
Maroon roofed it stands out
Amidst the greenery it’s surrounded with
The main door opens & closes at-
Unusual hours of day & night
Hooded people come & go
In a very professional style
Arousing my curiosity.
Through the binoculars I look &..
What do I see–
Masked men/ women
I know not who-
Being anxiously scurried away to a waiting van!
I stood thinking what the matter was
When suddenly a weird guttural sound I heard!
I turned cold from head to foot
Wondering what it was that growled–
So ferociously and thunderously?
Then I saw indistinctly —
A massive bundle ruthlessly tied
To a wooden carrier being wheeled out.
What shocked & caught my eyes were-
Movements under the sheet as if-
Struggling violently to be set free
Whining & groaning frighteningly loud
It made me think of it as some ET like creature
When it suddenly..
Shot it’s head out staring around
Not so very happily, I guess!
I could see his real big fiery eyes
Staring back at me
Though very far from it
I froze in fear
My binoculars slipped off my hands.
I quickly grabbed them before they fell
Peeped through it for the last time,
It’s pleading look for freedom
Glued me to the spot
I pitied it with anger at the captors but-
What could I do?
So I retraced my steps into the house
Feeling sorry for the dumb creature
Wondering why it was held in captivity
All chained up!
The next day on the news I heard about..
‘The people young & old this strange monster had kidnapped.’
It wasn’t after all a so very simple a creature as-
I had assumed it to be!
I then realised how-
It’s simple pitiful look had befooled me.
I reflected upon it deducing…
How very easily …
Innocent looks win our heart
We fail to even perceive their–
Dark malicious hidden side.
How well deceit/wickedness is masked by-
~Anuradha S. Bannore