The Day that Ruined a Life of Promise Forever
The Car was stuck in the traffic snarl
waiting for the rows to move again
with so many other home-bound cars
heading towards their known and unknown destinations.
It was late in the evening
and the streetlights were already flooding
almost every stretch of the busy highway
creating an illuminated mystique haze
over the surrounding air
intoxicated by the vehicular emissions.
A Young Man was seated in the car
with other family members and friends
on a return journey to home
from a renowned city hospital
where he had to spend over a week
for medical treatments
carried out by reputed doctors
in failed efforts
to resuscitate his body once again
from a life-threatening neurological trauma
that ultimately left him crippled for life!
While others around him were engaged in odd chatters
he was completely silent
his vision dead still
even though his mind within
was trying to weather a violent storm
formed out of raging emotions
fired from the barrel of shards
of a completely destroyed world
that was once his Dear Life!
When life hits the hardest
it leaves even the strongest
not knowing where to look
for the broken pieces
scouring desperately for unique ways to fix them
and rekindle the snuffed out flame once again
in an effort to behold new enlightened paths
wading through endless darkness!
While support from others
can go a long way
in the healing process
but only the one suffering
is left alone somewhere
to deal with full extent of the jolt
rendered by Cruel Life!
As all of them finally reached home after some trouble
of being caught up in the traffic maze
for a while
the Young Man
was greeted by his new
Companion for life:
his Wheel Chair!
When one has been sunk
unto an immeasurable depth of Nothingness
from the Fall
due to an unsuspecting sudden ruthless shove
by Wicked Life!
fails to conquer such a mind
left limp and vegetated!
The Young Man
thus set his immovable feet
with his companion
on an unknown journey
littered by voiceless chasms of Pain!
that was going to reveal
the world for him –
he thought he knew so well –
its real, apathetic, mean, exposed façade!
that he would be somehow
forced to bear in Silence!
That seemingly endless journey goes on still
even after long decades
as the Young Man is young no more
and neither are his humongous trials and tribulations
yet the first
and strongest ever
real Knock-out punch from life
that failed to knock him down completely
taken in by him on that fateful day
continues to linger on……….
––– This Poem is dedicated to my good old friend, whose real-life story is depicted here. It is a mere humble effort of mine to portray the day that changed his life forever!