Solitary Road

A couple of days ago Sadje of Keep it Alive had tagged me for a story telling challenge in response to the photo given above. I have written a poem instead of a story.

Ravaged and savaged by the harsh nature

She had no will to stay a moment longer

Despite his best efforts, her grandfather had failed

To salvage the crop he had so lovingly sown

Unable to take this failure in his stride

He had in frustration ended his own life

The village, an integral part of her growing up

Had now no place in her broken heart

She had lost her parents here to a devastating fire

And now as dark clouds gathered in the distant skies

She had packed her meagre and sparse belongings

And set off forlornly without a backward glance

She had no idea where her feet would take her

Or what she would do next

Anything and anywhere, far from this place

That now signified only death and untold sorrow.

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36 thoughts on “Solitary Road

  1. A sad but poignant story…

    There is a black river
    It passes by my window
    And late at night
    All dolled up like Christ
    I walk the water
    Between the piers

    Singing
    Oh
    River of sorrow
    River of time, river
    River of sorrow
    Don’t swallow this time

    For we all know the baby has expired
    Long ago she was pulled from the mire
    And no precious liar or well-wisher
    Can return the love that was stolen

    Oh
    River of sorrow
    River of time, river
    River of sorrow
    Don’t swallow this time

    Can you see the light
    At the end of the dark passageway
    Take me wit you towads this light
    Into the darkness passing over the faces in the river
    Hear me!
    I’m whispering in your ear!

    Oh
    River of sorrow
    Oh, river of time
    River of sorrow
    Don’t swallow this time

    Oh
    River of sorrow
    Oh, river of time
    River of sorrow
    Don’t swallow this time

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  2. Ah, I felt the depth of sorrow in this. Such a beautiful piece that captured the essence in this image. Beautifully written, Punam.

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