The setting sun sprayed ruddiness over the clouds
The orange yellowish sky looked ever so beautiful
The soft green grass
The dark brown tree trunks
The flowered branches –
All swathed in the evening hues
A soothing balm to the eyes it was!
Serenity spread it’s wings far and wide
Dusk took over the day
The Moon waltzed in with the clouds
The soft silver- ruddy painting –
A mesmerizing effect it had!
Dark clouds steathily sailed in
Ghostly figures emerged through darkness
Some with conical caps and sticks trudged on
Children and pets followed leisurely but warily-
Scared of the dark apparitions flying across the sky
The weird creepy sounds all around
Gripped them with unknown coldness
But onwards they continued exhausted with fear and thirst
A sudden abrupt loud voice paralysed them –
Wide open eyed, fear frozen they glared-
Before them stood a tall hefty man –
All wrapped up in a white sheet-
With a bright shining face-
A long staff in his hand!
Perceiving fear in their eyes
Softly and gently he said-
‘Come, my dear travellers
A bed and a hot meal, you shall have-
In my cottage you can rest and –
Leave in the morn, if you wish’
Into the thin air he then faded away-
Didn’t even wait for a ‘thank you’
That dark rainy, thunderous night –
A roof they had over their head
In the morn a hot breakfast was laid out
The benevolent man was to be seen nowhere!
Perplexed and wondering who it could be-
On their jouney they set off
Thanking and praying for his welfare!
Refuelled and well rested energetically they walked
Musing and convinced-
God it was, who guided them to that cottage!
~Anuradha S. Bannore