A day, I remember
A Day I Remember
P K Routray
Gone to the vanishing history
our forty-four years’ spousal story
since the day when on a decorated altar
amidst plenty of funfair and laughter
we were tied in the nuptial knot
with chanting of hymns by priests, a lot.
With vivacity of youth and carefree life
parents and well-wishers shouldering our strife
the life seemed to be a bed of roses for us.
But the time proved it otherwise as if we plucked flowers of cactus.
Within first ten years of marriage
we were blessed with three daughters as our anchorage
but bade us farewell prematurely both of our fathers
and also orphaned us a host of sweetly related well-wishers
leaving us on our own to shoulder many a responsibility
we both harmoniously tried with honesty and humility.
The result was at the hands of the Lord that we cannot weigh
“ Man is the puppets. He is the Player.” That the scriptures say.
Today now nostalgically I recollect with sigh and pleasure
the moments of the incidents that day now they flutter
live as if they are just happening now
“My sister-in-law is putting sandal paste, vermilion on my brow,
the Palenque with bearers are ready at the door to go
with their traditional songs to make the burden low,
the generator and light of the procession has arrived from town
the drum beaters are ready to do wonders with their customary gown,
the cracker party is ready with lot of our relatives and villagers
they will accompany me the groom led by my younger brothers.
All these were palpating my heart, beats faster
“For a new life with apprehensive fear.”
I fail to pen my better half’s mental sphere
as she tells, surely a lie, now she doesn’t remember.
Time has passed in a twinkle with its power of wiping and sweeping
Gone is our silver jubilee and the golden jubilee is peeping.
“Hey, my partner of life and my daughters’ darling mother!
I do not know how many years further we will be together
you will excuse me for my share of misfortunes and misdeeds
if in the harmony of our conjugal life if it has grown thorny weeds.”
“Hey our kith and kin, family friends, near and dear alive or in Heaven
accept our gratitude and for our omission and commission us, please pardon.”
“Hey Lord! We pray for your blessings on our harmony, health and happiness
and on the society around on this day, we pray for your love and kindness.
(N.B -To date i.e 3rd Feb 1975 I got married it is just a remembrance.)