The Expensive Toy
The Expensive Toy2 mins 479 2 mins 479
I see a creature, hazy but familiar,
Scampering through forgotten streets
In the scorching heat.
After the rain, I watch him
Sauntering into the wet alleys
As a pleasurable treat.
Once, I find him rambling on the roof,
Looking up and down to catch the thread
Of the abandoned kite.
If he succeeds, I hear him
Whooping from the top.
His voice hoarse, and eyes bright.
Then I catch him playing some games
By skipping the homework.
He doesn't at all care if the teacher will know.
I reach his school. He is making excuses,
Funny, foolish but creative.
I am laughing at hin looking from the window.
Sometimes, he would cry after he fails to get
An expensive toy brought. He seems to
Wear a somber look, his eyes lose their shine.
It is the time when he sits alone under
The starry sky, waiting for a star to break
To make a wish of a lifetime.
He has some friends, I could observe.
He plays with them day in, day out
Without getting tired.
Hide and seek, I remember the game.
They make secret plans and laugh
Even if their plan is backfired.
Then I see a serious him
Preparing for exams under the
System of carrot and stick.
Beside other tricks, he is promised
The expensive toy, a new bicycle,
And the batting kit.
During the vacation,
I follow him to his maternal house.
He feels elated, as he joins his cousins.
The gang of cousin is zestful and naughty.
They play the dangerous game all day
Ignoring all the repercussions.
Suddenly, a twinge of pain strikes me,
And I feel nostalgic, envying the great creature,
Whom I have now understood.
I could feel tears trickling down my cheeks.
Pondering over the life beyond the expensive toy,
I hark back to a past when I lost my childhood.