He had promised me twice in the past.
But didn’t buy it till last;
Perhaps it was a long time ago
I still hadn’t learned that Promises are meant to be broken;
Summer vacations running for two months
Though I crisscrossed like a mad paper plane
But I behaved righteous and moral for the day;
It was a hot summer noon
A hot sultry afternoon-
The ones you get in June;
Glued were my eyes to gape
Slightest gyration of the gate
Fixed were my ears to grab
The creaking of the door or a tap
Though being stationary I would have hated another day
But I acted righteous and moral for the day;
I could smell the aroma of the kitchen.
But even the savory meals of Mother’s fame
Could not deflect me today.
For I waited glued and fixated for the VIDEO GAME.
My father had explained me about this new universe.
“That commandos shall get down from the helicopter!”
“That your plane shall shoot at the enemies”
And I heard in awe every verse
And I casted images vividly violating my age
The images titillated my innermost of heart
Went into a zeal induced trance
Someone just like an amateur sage
I found so much purpose and solace in those imageries.
That I could have lived a life just out of them
But he had promised in the past;
And I had promised him to stand first in class
I couldn’t but I did fine
I suspected it was payback time;
Bell wailed the most annoying sound
Yet sweetness out of it my ears found
Alas ! O Lord! My Lord!
My faith in humanity served guarded
My father stood in sweat bathed
And I could see the big huge box in his hand
This promise wasn’t broken
Then I misunderstood that perhaps none are;
I unwrapped it and I dug in
And I knew-
I knew that this day would etch itself deep in my mind
Happiness and innocence it would surely rewind;
Twenty years later
For I understand the value of time with time
The videogame still lies in my cupboard
Neither perfect nor fine;
My father has asked me to dispose it off.
Perhaps I shouldn’t
Rather I couldn’t
That parting with it
Will rob me and my mind;
That virtue often stands on a thin line
A thin line that reminds me
Not only his smile that ensued my happiness
But that Promises are not always meant to be broken.