A life that slipped away without a hint

This poem is a translation of a poem I wrote long back. The original title was बीता हुआ जीवन and it is the voice of a person who is about to die and is evaluating his life in his final moments.

All the moments of life slipped right away, not a single one survived.
I have surely spent my entire life but it isn’t a life well-lived.

I remember that fateful day when my hands held my first wage,
The day for which my childhood self always planned the stage.
I always thought I will use it to feed someone needy,
And yet I found myself slipping away that whole sum into my pocket.

I have thus gathered great fortunes but my soul remains deprived.
I have surely spent my entire life but it isn’t a life well-lived.

I dreamt of pilgrimage visits to sooth my soul some day,
I dreamt of buying a saree for my mother and make her smile some day.
I dreamt of joys of kite flying with my younger brother some day,
And I surely wanted to buy a dupatta for my little sister some day.

I let my work rule my life and let my family grow distant,
and fooled myself with beliefs of a future when I can afford some leisure.
I have everything today and yet I remain empty-handed in terms of memories,
All my fortunes have failed to buy me a meagre ounce of love.

I won a lot of fame for sure but I was loveless when death arrived,
I have surely spent my entire life but it isn’t a life well-lived.

3 thoughts on “A life that slipped away without a hint

  1. Its difficult to figure out …was it the choice or our priorities to be blamed off ….??? to be happy of what we have achieved or to be sad of what we couldn’t ???….

    and yes …nehaa…its well written :-)keep it going

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