Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Water! Water!

Detached the boat from the peg,
      the boat driver
  And pushed he slowly the boat
     to the water.
The people to take delight
    In the boat
Held with them their
    choicest bottles.

The glee- seekers rocked and rolled
       in merriment.
They twisted and  rock-n-rolled with
      bottles in hand.
Watching water out in backwater, into mouth
      they poured water. 
With water in hand and stomach, they sang,  
      yelled and howled.
  The females in turn made their hands
            and mouths busy
And boasted of their husbands’
         big capacity.
And the kids’ corner, in games,
         was very lively
With vim and vigor that gushed
        through in activity.

The poor boatman with no sound
      noted the things behind.
What had travelled through
         him in his mind,
assessment, disappointment,
 and the like things numerous
        or what else?

 Nodded he very humbly in a
       negative note 
to the invitation to join during interval 
         that fell for a while.
 “I don’t drink, thinking three souls;
       Two school-going
and one home-keeping rely
       on my healthiness.”

Didn't turn he his face at all 
     to the merry-makers
and so was his feeling unreadable
   and indefinable .
  “ I am wealthy in health and you are
    healthy in wealth,”  
 words from him leapt out; bold

     was his voice.


  1. Very well said. Inviting the boat driver to drink while on duty is foolish. The boat driver made the right decision, for his family's sake and for the sake of the passengers.

    1. Thank you,SG. One may lose a small part of their sense at that stage.Imagination only.

  2. courageous for him to say no..and foolish on the part of passengers to offer..

    1. Thank you,Renu. It is natural to be foolish if drunken.

  3. Happy Diwali Sarala to you and your family.

    (Wanted to send a e-greetings. But do not know your email address.)

  4. Thank you.Wish you too a pleasant Diwali.