Endless Wait is a painting by Sushil Chhabra.

Wait: Part II

Waiting for the words,
like a brooding hen waiting for the eggs to hatch –
patiently;
doesn’t let any visitors nearby.

Waiting for words
like a fountain pen with numerous verses in mind,
waiting to be dipped in the inkpot.

Waiting for words
like an unpublished drunk poetess,
waits for her letter of acceptance –
rushes to her mailbox six times a day.

Waiting for words
like a convicted criminal
waiting for a miracle to happen
at the gallows;
the executioner sharpening his blades.

Waiting for words
like an army of frogs
waiting for the first rain to platter on the pond –
to utter their croak in the mightiest fashion.

Waiting for words
like the English miner from the 19th century,
painted with coal dust
coughing, spitting,
waiting for his weekly cheque.

Waiting for words
like a man stuck in traffic,
waiting to go home
while his lover awaits –
at home –
legs parted.

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Art by Sushil Chhabra

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