Monday, May 31, 2010

The Mosquito

Its place was frozen
in the foot note of history textbook
Passed on from generation to generation.
Sometimes, hiding between the tough stitches
it was not conspicuous.
Repeated bindings called for
trimming the dog ears of these books.
Like the characters in the margins
it got chopped under a mini-guillotine.
Only occasionally it disappeared like a
beautiful lady in Jehangir's harem.
However, for most of us
it was an accomplice
in our assault on history
during the power cut preparation.

2 comments:

Avi said...

I used to kill mosquitoes and do their 'head-count' during power cuts! You reminded me of that stupid act, and history books as their graveyard was too good !

Musings of a wanderer said...

@Avi

Thank you. Yes, I too did the head count but there was a printed mosquito in the text book, which got there right during the creation of the book.