I do believe in Angels


I had my bags packed… I was leaving for my boarding school…
I had tears in my eyes… I wished to hide them… I wished I could stay…
She came to me… with a smile… and whispered… softly…
And promised… that she’ll come down to see me… and kissed me…

I felt happy… I felt strong… I walked away… far away from home…
As I looked back… I could still see her… smiling and waving…
My heart was heavy and fragile… but I wanted to be strong…
I stumbled… I heard a cry… I looked back… but there was a smile…

As I was driven away… memories of my holidays flashed…
How much I messed everything… and how much I troubled…
She never complained… in silence she cleaned up… everytime… everyday…
And with her smile… she would make all my troubles… all my pain… go away…

One day I had crossed the line… I said something in anger…
She lost her calm… and scolded me like I was no one…
I had my bags packed… secretly… and I left in the evening…
Away from her… into the dense-dark jungle… faraway from everything…

I had heard… that there was an angel afar… beyond that demonic jungle…
I walked my tiny steps fast… I didn’t look behind… I didn’t wish to…
I wanted to meet that angel… she would give me happiness and love…
I walked for hours… didn’t stop a while… I was thirsty… but no one would serve…

I walked till I saw a temple… I could see nobody around…
I felt I had reached the abode of that angel…
I dragged my body up the stairs… I heard the temple bell…
A few more steps… and I would be happy… I thought…

I reached the gate… jumped to touch the bell…
I couldn’t… and that bell kept moving away from me…
I wouldn’t give up… and kept trying… one after another…
I was resolute to see her… I didn’t wish to live in pain… thereafter…

I felt two hands around my waist… they lifted me atop…
I sounded that bell… the sound no one would have ever heard…
I came down and looked up… there stood an old man with long white hair…
Dressed in a saffron cloth… had a look of wonder behind a thick long beard…

He smiled at me… and asked gently… “What do you seek my child?”
I folded my hands and replied… that I want’d to meet the angel…
That I’s tired of being scolded at home… and I wanted love…
That I wanted happiness… I wanted toys… I said with endless verve…

He smiled at me and said… “My child… I had already informed her…
She is on her way to your home…” and that I needn’t have come this far…
I felt happy… I felt grateful… and gleefully decided to run back home…
To see my gifts and my room full of toys… to meet my Goddess diva…

As I walked back… it got dark… I was scared… But I didn’t stop…
I cried her name… as I always did back at home…
I wanted to hide behind her… But she was not there…
I ran hard… my feet were bleeding… I was falling apart in despair…

I didn’t wish to see the angel anymore… I didn’t wish for toys…
I just ran fast… I just wanted to be back at home…
I could feel the jungle beasts chasing… eager to enjoy a feast …
I didn’t look back… I was scared… I ran and ran… until I reached…

I went right to her… I could see a glowing light coming from her…
I thought I might have found the angel… she had come at last…
As I walked closer… slowly… on my bleeding feet…
I could see her… she had opened her arms… she wanted to embrace me…

I now believe in angels… they are real… every lucky soul has one…
She is the one who teaches us to walk… gives us life… gives us happiness…
Sacrifices her everything… to wipe our tears… gives a shoulder to bear our pain…
She is my Mother… my angel… the Goddess sent from the heavens…

© Manish Ranjan, 2014

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