The Unusual Home Coming

The Unusual Home Coming prose poem

Uploaded by Dr.Indu Nautiyal

Home did he come
that fateful day
But in a way too hard to believe
Wrapped in the Tricolor
Solemn and still .
And truly it was a befitting tribute
to a braveheart who put his life at stake
To ensure that his country is safe
with its honour and glory in tact .
For devotion to duty was his concern utmost
And fighting till last to foil the attack
Paying his flesh and blood as the cost
He set example of sacrifice supreme .
The strike having been foiled at last
The guns are silent and still for now
But the sounds of loss and anguish resound
around and in the home he lived .
The home had hoped he would some day
Come back alive ,secure and gay
But instead ,fell a bolt from the blue
And he was brought home that gloomy way .
Heaps of flowers and wreaths offered
Messages of sorrow and condolence
Are but poor solace to the bereaved
Shattered to the core by the deadly blow .
Words and gestures of sympathy
Can hardly lessen the grief profound
And what can possibly compensate
A loss beyond repair ,most unfortunate .
The only healing thought is that
He died in action for the country’s sake
And that will keep his name alive
In our minds and hearts for ever .

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Dr.Indu Nautiyal

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I have been a teacher for about four decades ,but even more than that , a student and learner all along --literature being my favourite subject with special love for poetry , a trait I seem to have inherited from my father,who was a very good poet ,it was he that instilled in me a deep love for poetry early in childhood . Starting as a science student ,I shifted to literature after graduation and and worked on Emily Dickinson's poetry for Doctoral degree. I don't claim to be a poet ,but do admit my inherent love for poetic utterances as and when I find them and sometimes feel inspired to give vent to my own emotions in words that seem to convey them .Honestly it happens quite effortlessly and also leaves me with an immense satisfaction .If it can be termed poetry ,all the more rewarding. .
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