Is anyone really still alive ?
I wake up from being awake all night
Stare at the gray ceiling and ask myself
That woman who cooked for a funeral yesterday
After she had cooked an early lunch for me
Coughing away behind her double mask
That woman who with her husband
Disabled daughter and two laughing sons
Defeated the virus and got her sister married
In the last week of lagan
The man who brought antacid tablets , fresh batteries for my pulse oxymeter , a long green gourd and raw mangoes to tempt my elusive appetite and told me cheerfully that the roads to all burning ghats are jammed with hearse ambulances
How alive they are !
( ASA )