An Armed Guard



After serving our frontiers-
Braving the seasons,
Braving the weather,
Waging a battle,

He returns home-
With an iron box of dreams,
The warts of wars,
A cartload of memories.

The gales are now over
But life is not yet over.
Growing family, stark realities,
Once again he is on the job hunt.

Sometimes as a clerk
Often as an Armed Guard,
He begins his second innings,
He reaches a different inn.

Once again he carries his gun
Once again he wears a uniform.
The dales are the same
But the role is now different.

Under his nose, his frontiers are fine,
Under his belt, the counters are safe.
He is always a dutiful guard,
Even at night, the vault is under his surveillance.

And he too retires one day
The hues of that evening slowly fade.
From the gales of roaring decades,
He now retreats to his native air.

But where are those pleasant dales?
I have often seen - a sad tale.
Hurricane lanterns witness his silent hours,
The paradoxes of life present the same theme.

Thus he crosses his last frontier,
He is now one with the timeless space.
Beyond the rustling wind, beyond the veiling mist
The psalms of life remain the same.
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About this poem

After serving our snow-clad and hazardous frontiers for a decade and more, a soldier would return but, once again, he is on the job hunt due to obvious reasons and often ends up as an Armed Guard in a bank. I have seen his family's troubles and struggles and even after his retirement, he doesn't reach safe shores. Here is a picture of one such Armed Guard. He returns home- With an iron box of dreams, The warts of wars, A cartload of memories. The gales are now over But life is not yet over. Growing family, stark realities, Once again he is on the job hunt. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

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Written on January 01, 1994

Submitted by ravi_panamanna on January 05, 2024

1:13 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXBX XXXC BBCD XEXX XXFD XXEX XXXX XXXX XXXFA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,177
Words 244
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5

Ravi Panamanna

My actual name is Subramanian A. I am a retired official of the State Bank of India. Settled in Palakkad, Kerala, India. My literary awards include The Barath Award for Literature (best story), and the Poiesis Awards both in Poetry and short story, all conducted jointly by Xpress publications.com. My interests cover photography, philosophy, and science. Google search under Ravi Panamanna would take the searcher to my various links. more…

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