A Common Man

By Pijush Kanti Deb
Keeping the pot boiling
compels a common man
to keep a good table
for both an angel and an imp
who arrange the fire-woods
for his rainy-day,
smokes from the burning of sandal-wood
or of banyan may fill his kitchen up
yet he sings and dances
with no suffocation
but with all satisfaction
carrying the God and the Devil
on his shoulder by turn,
blessing, cursing,
kissing, spitting,
fame and stain-
all stand in a queue
and knock his closed door
to give vent to their active feelings
but he remains indifferent to all
looking at his favorite boiling pot.


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