I pause between my steps

I pause
between my steps
as I get down the stairs
of my bricks and cement house
and walk the greenery of the field
walk the bylanes of my village
topsy-turvy of curves
stretching my hands full and wide

all those fruits
mangoes, guava, tamarinds;
all smiling past
lure me branches and trees
monkeys, birds and wasps
These running waters
ripple through my heart
oneness of nature

I pause
between my breath
reminiscent of golden time –
my youthful days
Frolicking my deams
night and day
I take crayons and pencils
and draw a line
towards the next step, down the stairs

© Tapeshwar Prasad

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