Wrapped in the darkness & silence of the night
Like a log she slept
Gliding away into the world of dreams
Smiling & mumbling at times, but
Frowning & talking in a rage
Scolding someone, it seemed
When asked, ‘What happened?’
‘Nothing’ was the nonchalant answer &
Into her dream world she sailed back
Like a baby she had become—
Smiling, laughing, scolding, screaming
Based on sweet dreams & nightmares
With hardly a line of demarcation for–
Within seconds, one merged into the other
An enigma it was to even comprehend it!
The whole night with restlessness passed
With a blank page of its memory the next morning she woke up
Sort of a daily brain exercise–
It appeared to be!
Maybe the brain needed charging
Maybe it was God’s way of pointing out
The brain was still active
The emotional expressions proved it
A good sign it was, but, unfortunately
Gradual lethargy was overpowering it
To see her all confused & lost at times
Was indeed a painful sight.
Drawing her out of past reverie
A Herculean task it was!
Repetition & frustration were now her closest friends
No matter what one said or explained
On deaf ears it fell!
Trust & faith in every one slowly dwindled away
Searching for unknown facts helplessly
A big target before her lay
No escape from this condition is possible
A significant intrinsic characteristic of old age it is—
That only some surpass!
Accept & live with it, is the sole solution
This fact drowned all into the fathomless sea of sorrow–
A sharp double-edged rapier thrust
Their heart excruciatingly
As into her shell she retreated!
~ Anuradha S. Bannore