Train story 2 (Merchant of arrivals)

Platform

The ticket to board the delayed train

grows sharp like a knife in the hands

of annoyed passengers.

 

Their eyes remind Shylock.

 

At the Cantonment station,

the rail lies hapless like the well wisher

of a debtor, surrounded by lenders.

 

The electronic display plays the

messenger bird delivering relief:

Five minutes for the train to arrive.

 

Today,

they will scramble for prime seats

to watch the sky unfurl into a

new canvas through its window.

 

They will ride over the debris of daily

tragedy and cut a pound of train soul

without shedding a drop of blood.

 

By Aditya Shankar

 

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