I saw from within the cell of my being.

Forbidden freedom came knocking one day.

I peeped out at the sudden interruption

and saw…

But what was there to see?

My eyes clothed in their earthly apparel

strove in vain for a blessed glimpse –

A glimmer of light; a sparkle of silver

as dust falling onto a sunlit ledge

but all in vain; I was blind.

I tried to feel; grope on in the dark

and felt…

But what was there to feel?

A clammy coldness of the heart

from reaching out in the balmy air

to feel something that was not there?!

Finally I tried to hear

and heard…

the beating of my heart,

loud and clear, like a soldier’s march

trudging back to camp with footsteps weary.

I strained to hear something more

but does silence have a voice?

O freedom, if you come next time,

bring your Identity card along.

How else can one know someone

Not seen, not heard, nor felt?

Maybe, just maybe

The address to which you came was wrong.

* This poem has been written and presented by me at the Foundation of Saarc Writers and Literature Conference in New Delhi, India in March 2011. Click the link  to view a video recording of the proceedings. For improvement in audio quality use headphones.

* Illustration created by the author.


20 thoughts on “Caged”

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback. 🙂 I was wondering when anyone would comment on the flow. I love playing with sounds and the flow of words. I’ll be posting other poems where I have deliberately tampered with the flow at times to create a jarring effect. Let me know your views on that as well.

    1. Absolutely. We have our own little life spaces to move in and freedom to break out is not on the cards or the crystal ball. The glass houses we live in show greener grass but how does one reach out to the other side? Some freedom, is forbidden…

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