She sat on the stairs
Clutching her teddy
Her eyes on the road
Waiting for dear daddy.
Her eyes wandered around
A sea of faces around her swarmed
Her school bag heavy with books
Bewildered, she waited for her mom.
As she played in the park
Her gaze fixed on the gate
She participated listlessly
All the while, in best friend’s wait.
She paced restlessly in the college campus
Glancing every then and now at her watch
He was late like always to pick her up
She waited for the one who was her perfect match.
It was already time for kids to return
But she could hear no footsteps outside
Her ears strained to hear their voices
As she sat waiting for the apples of her eyes.
It was later than the usual office timing
She sat resignedly on the armchair
It was becoming a habit of late
To wait for her husband, but it was difficult to bear.
She stood in the balcony, as if carved out of stone
He was late yet again in spite of warning
She knew not what she could do
And so it went on like this for her
Till on her deathbed one day she lay
Everyone prayed for her pain to end
But she knew she would have to wait for another day.