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I Want to Go Back to My Roots

Umesh is a freelance writer contributing his creative writings on varied subjects in various sites and portals in the internet.

Preface

A person leaves his native place for making a career and earn money and settles down in other place. Some of them are from a small remote town or village and often remember their childhood and the nostalgic beauty of their small towns or villages. This poem is an effort to show the feelings of a person who has attained prosperity in the city but his or her mind is there with his native place and in its simple and easy environment. Incidentally, one of my younger brothers Dr R P Bhatt shows his yearnings for this type of affinity for our hometown and I have dedicated this poem to him only.

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I want to go back to my roots

I want to go back to my roots now,
A remote distant village in the serene hill valleys.
Its no place for me, this artificial world,
I want to play childhood games in my village alleys.

I am not happy in this jungle of concrete,
Where human emotions are of no value indeed.
I long to go back to my native place now,
To enjoy the simple, easy life with good deeds.

Decades gone, I left that heavenly abode,
Made a career, became prosperous in worldly ways.
Didn't know when I turned old through all that,
Prosperity I gained was in lieu of my hair greys.

What I became finally an old man in the metro,
Searching for the identity, through criss-cross lanes.
I have lost completely the vigour of my life in this,
Relentlessly following wealth and health pains.

I am alone here though people think me a socialite,
It is secret that I only know my sufferings and my plight.
I want to fly deep in the sky like a flemingo,
Something akin to small and whispering rivulets flow.

I want to go back to my roots now,
A remote distant village in the serene hill valleys.
Its no place for me, this artificial world,
I want to play childhood games in my village alleys.

Endnote

Some people have great liking and affinity for their hometown and they show it through various manifestations in their behaviour. Not everyone is like that. Those who yearn for it sometimes visit and stay there to rekindle the old memories. Believe me that is sometimes a great fun. One can avail this great source of joy anytime in his life. It is worth trying.

© 2020 Umesh Chandra Bhatt

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