‘I’ & ‘U’
I was right and you were wrong,
And that brought about the storm,
Where, you were the cacophony and I was the melody,
And the melody alone,
Made our lives float in the storm.
But what had floated and what had drowned,
No one had any count,
For it had only become a one way war of ego,
Where arrogant ‘I’ had won,
But humble ‘U’ had drowned.
In the March-past of life,
I … was like fire and U … like water,
Where fire kept burning,
And water kept dousing.
And where in the meanderings of life,
‘I’ kept insinuating,
And ‘U’ kept giving,
Which, ‘I’ kept loving.
Until one day,
When ‘I’ thought,
She had outflanked ‘U’
And with that she had turned the tables,
And won the bastion,
But in all of this,
Only righteousness had drooped.
‘I’ said, you gave on your own—the riches,
And I never asked for it,
Where ‘U’ felt,
Only to save the embarrassment,
I didn’t wait for ‘I’ to ask for it.
So ‘U’ was hurt,
But ‘I’ was rejoicing,
For ‘I’ had thought she had won battle,
When ‘U’ had not even lost the prattle.
And all along in the prime of life,
‘U’ couldn’t learn,
What it had learnt,
In the decline of life.
But now there wasn’t any choice,
Thought ‘U’ at the twilight of his life,
As ‘U’ decides to walk away from ‘I’
Into his own private life,
Is when I rejoices,
And reclines to her own wayward life,
What ‘U’ had done for her.
But ‘U’ is at peace … knowing well,
All equations are settled here,
Before you cross your death bed,
And into the heaven or the hell.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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