Night in an Empty Tube Railway Station
The work has been particularly taxing today
That stretched much beyond the usual time
Making the Young Man
Scamper to catch the Last Train for home.
As his jittery steps hurtled down the stairs
Of the Tube Railway Station
He could hear the Train entering the Platform.
The escalators were not operational at that time
Due to some malfunction
Making things even tougher for him.
In a desperate lunge
To cover the remaining steps in double quick time
He stretched his leg muscles to the point of extreme strain
And ended up slipping thereby
Falling down in a heap
Just about midway
Hurting the back and lower limbs quite badly.
As he somehow regained some lost strength
To limp through the final stairs
And reach the Platform
Only the fading sound of the Train’s exit was audible
Casting a hapless soul
To the realms of uncertainty and indecisiveness.
A Cascade of unknown Sadness
Washed away all his blood
Choking him with crippling despair
To a sudden unfastened collapse
That burst all his hope
Unto a Scream less pain of non-existence!
As he slumped into one of the Platform waiting chairs
The lights went out all of a sudden
Adding to his misery.
It was just a little power failure
But enough for the gatekeepers and staff
To be completely oblivious of his presence
At the Platform
And so the already hurting Young Man
Was left deserted by all to suffer through a Night of absolute Emptiness!
The lights beamed back to life
A little later
But it was of little help
As the lights within just remained switched off for the day!
The void sphere engulfs time and space within itself
Making it look like perpetual suffering
As the hapless human mind
Just keeps tossing and turning
Within such a sphere
In utmost desperation to be free from the dungeon
But the orifice is just a delusion of a deceitful world
That doesn’t want to alleviate Pain or Suffering.
So many thoughts started clogging the mind of the Young Man
Like a barrage of high Sea waves lashing against the shore
In futile efforts to disintegrate the lump of darkness.
He thought about his family members
And other Near and Dear ones
Including his love interest in life
How much they could have helped
How should they have reacted seeing him suffer like this?
He even tried calling a few phone numbers from his cell phone
But the signal was weak for a connection.
So in the end the Young Man resigned to his fate
And decided to somehow survive through this endless Night
In hope of a new better tomorrow.
But the Night was simply not ready to let him off the hook just like that
As the clock kept ticking on ever so slowly
With every beat just doubling his heart rate.
An uncanny fear of death suddenly sent a chill down his spine
And the Young Man broke down to tears
To release all the pent up emotions
He was trying desperately to keep in check.
With his face buried between his hands
He let it all out
Without any shame or guilt in the absence of any human presence
And it was quite a lot in the end.
The Platform, the railway tracks, the lights – including a few flickering ones, the fibre roof – all bore silent testimony of the Young Man’s suffering on that Night
While he just kept waiting and waiting……..
For the Sun to rise finally!