Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The Hunchback of Bohri Mohalla

His back is bent.
Stooped perhaps 
from the burden of age?
Or the heaviness of a heart
witnessing the world
changing around it?
Or from the weight of a life 
lived long and hard?
Or is it a love 
lost that he 
shoulders even today?
Or maybe what he carries,
unseen by those rushing past,
is a sack full of
some sweet, some savoury,
just waiting to be opened up
for those willing to stop,
but for a moment, 
and listen.

Inspired from a photograph by Nasar Husami 

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