Watchman

Days are dull, empty

But no so the nights

As the watchman whistles

And strikes the pole thrice.

This way he flashes

That way he lashes

Sometime he smokes and coughs

Sometime he himself laughs.

The field is walled head high

No thief, no raider nearby

So what does he watch?

A palm tree tall, and

Weaver birds’ nests all.

Why do we ask why?

It’s so simple

He is a watchman

And his duty is to watch.

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About Sid

Abu Siddik is an Assistant Professor in English at Plassey College, Nadia,West Bengal. He is a bilingual author, editor, critic, poet, and storyteller and has been published in India and abroad. He has three critical books: Representation of the Marginalized in Indian Writings in English (Falakata College Cell, 2015), Misfit Parents in Faulkner’s Select Texts (Authorspress, 2015), Banglar Musolman (Sopan, 2018), and two books of poems: Whispering Echoes (Authorspress, 2020), Rugged Terrain (Authorspress, 2020). For more please visit him at www.abusiddik.com

8 thoughts on “Watchman

  1. Jagdish Singh Ramana

    Simply great!
    The poem strikes the hearts of the reader with humour and carries a climax.

    “No thief, no raider nearby
    So what does he watch?

    A palm tree tall, and
    Weaver birds’ nests all.
    Why do we ask why?
    It’s so simple
    He is a watchman
    And his duty is to watch.”
    The Watchman, a symbol of one’s inner eye. The poem gives beautiful message of observing the things that simply exists. This poem is gonna be in my favourite ones’ lists.

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  2. amitapaul

    Grammatically , I would prefer “ not so the nights “ to “ no so the nights “
    The poem focuses on dead habit as opposed to real alertness of a watchman

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    1. ABU SIDDIK

      Humbled dear mam. Possibly you misunderstood the poem. Here watchman is not alert, and that is why i write this poem. If he is duty bound i never pen it. ❤

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