Queer people I met in life,
I am not ashamed to tell about them.
A fifty year old man departed this life without
seeing the marriage of any of his sons.
His three sons were living abroad.
They were earning good wealth there.
He nurtured his sons whole life,
And earned his livelihood and cooked for them.
Because his wife bought the farm right
after five years of marriage.
He passed away without eating the food
of his would-be daughter-in-laws’ hands.
Three boys on hearing the bad news
came back promptly from abroad
with the emergency air tickets.
I was also there on the eve of mourning.
I sympathised with the boys,
And kept listening to their talks keenly
and some domestic commitments of
their father that he couldn’t accomplish
People who had visited on mourning
were surprised to see the sudden arrival of sons,
That is to say, their copiousness!
Many came there to collect the information about foreign countries for their children’s bright future,
A few ones had got there with their daughters
for matrimonial purpose.
After religious sermons, the manager of the temple was expecting heavy amount on such eve,
With words- May God rest his soul in peace!
Whereas he had performed no process there except attending few sermons as he came laggardly.
Now the manager was debating with the sermon teller after blanket, pillows and bed sheet.
On such eve people had reached there
with their own commercial point of view.
Because some people try to extract benefits even from someone’s sorrows.
~ Harjeet Singh