A sight in darkness
By Aparna Bandyopadhyay
Contributory Author for Spark Igniting Minds
It was a moonless night,
when I reached at my travel's end,
Of a day-long tiring journey for work and saw him there, a Godsend.
My guide was waiting in the shadow.
Relief, since I didn't have to fend!
He picked my case and my bag, and
Gave me end of his stick to hold.
At the edge of the jungle,
He led me, as he confidently strode.
Deeper we went in the dark void,
To what was now my new abode!
I was like a blind in the dark,
As he cautioned me for my next step,
To avoid a scouting rat he said.
The crackle below made me yelp.
That stick and voice was my sanity,
As I had a task, to study a rare hemp!
Through the jungle I bumbled along,
As a faint gleam of light I could see.
Two hours was my walk in dark,
My colleagues were all awaiting me.
I turned to thank my partner in dark,
As he put my luggage under a tree!
The huts were all brightly lit,
With gen sets and warmth of man.
Aroma from the cooking fare
Came wafting with the pedestal fan.
I bade him farewell and finally saw
His two glass eyes, in a face so tan!
About the Author
Aparna has been a physics teacher in various Air Force Stations and Private schools in civilian areas, whenever stationed at a place. She has written articles and poems in Air Force magazines and regional publications.
She is now focusing on methods to make the environment green and safe. Her motto is to keep learning from young and old alike, there being no end date to learning.