My Father Was A Jobless Man

It matters much who earns that bread
And the salt that measures its ethos
A father’s heart more often bled
To baptize pain of his manhood’s loss!

He’d learnt to stare at walls always
At the graffiti of his destiny
Whilst a saintly social order says
“My working wife is my ignominy!”

How well he hid his misery
Between the rites of joy and pain
An outcast man’s Chemistry
Is a sum of many a human stain!

A misfit in the moral class
Ever since he missed life’s caravan
He gave up existence alas
My Father Was A Jobless Man!

© 2023 Vikas Chandra

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