Day 25: 25th April 2015 NAPOWRIMO
Madhu scrubbed the floors, cleaned the dishes
Made sure the plants were watered, the clothes ironed.
It was almost time for ‘Tina Baby’ to go to school
Madhu lusted for this moment
Not for Tina
But for her bag of books, her freedom to go to school
Madhu would stand obediently next to the gate swinging it open
Just in time for her car to pass
Wishing, it was him, who was going to school
Going to learn.
In the evenings, when Tina studied
Madhu dutifully brought in her milk
He would sit at the door and watch her read or write
One day Tina, asked, irritated
‘Madhudada don’t you have any work?
Why do you stare at me all the time?’
Madhu lowered his head in shame
‘It is not you that I look at sister,
It is that book you hold. For I have never
Read one in my life’
Tina was surprised, shocked, ashamed
‘You have never read? Ever?’
‘No’ came his silent reply
From that day on
Madhu kept away from her study
Sensing her distrust.
His hope for learning, vanishing fast.
One fine evening, Tina came to the Kitchen
She asked in a commanding tone
‘Why are you not ready?’
Madhu was surprised, ‘What do you mean baby?’
‘I have done all my chores.’
Tina laughed and said, ‘Get ready Dada’
‘Your journey begins today, I have enrolled
You into a night school.’
‘Now you may hold a book and read
No one will call you a fool.’
Teary eyed Madhu
Looked at the girl
Half his age.
Who held out in her arms
Books he always craved.
That night Madhus’ metamorphosis began
His journey towards knowledge
His thirst for life