A Bereaved Father

a poem by Sankhajit Bhattacharjee

Eighty years old
Strong heart
ECG normal
No medicine required

Guarded son’s dead body overnight
Another death in Corona
Father asymptomatic

Heat of fire dried tears
Chill of snow numbed senses
Torrential downpour wiped existence

Nerves of metal
Muscles of concrete
Flesh of rock
Blood of perennial flow
Ordering to conduct last rights

Asking oneself
Cause of this punishment
No answer from gloomy sky
Only a strong heart’s persistence