The Invisible Walls
*Dr. K L Chowdhury
I dread not the long and strong fences,
that people raise around their places.
The high walls
they build around their homes
do not put me off.
there are no ghosts living there
within those ramparts,
neither goblins nor witches,
but mortals like you and me
wanting a bit of privacy.
Sitting here I can relate with them,
and see beyond those walls
and move across those fences
to discover a flower smiling at me,
a friendly dog wagging his tail ,
a bird breaking into song,
a kindly face in warm welcome.
What I fear
is the invisible walls
that people raise round themselves
that make them so impregnable,
so near and yet so inaccessible.
They may let you shake their hand,
yet it is so casual, so cold;
you may be able to meet their eyes,
yet so elusive are they, so remote;
you could give them an earnest hug
only to find them stiffen and cringe.
I fear the invisible lines
they draw around themselves,
which you can not cross
without getting singed.
I fear the cordon of an electric field
they throw round themselves
that could so easily electrocute.
*Dr. K L Chowdhury retired as a Professor of Medicine, Medical College, Srinagar. Presently he is the Director of a charitable institution, Shriya Bhatt Mission Hospital and Research Center, Durga Nagar, Jammu.
He is a physician and neurologist, a medical researcher, poet, social activist. He writes on diverse subjects – medical, literary, social and political and has numerous research papers to his credit, his pioneering work being “The Health Trauma in a Displaced Population” which was presented at national and international conferences.
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