The doctor offered my father a choice.
The newborn or the lovely wife?
My father broke and couldn't choose.
Doctor took a risky undertaking
Cutting out the belly with surgical precision
Saving me and my mother.
I was born from a lifelong scar
And I taught myself to love
All the scars.
I got small pox when I was a young kid.
Same disease which wrecked havoc
In Native America some hundreds
Of years ago.
It decimated and wiped off
Tell me again how science
Doesn't improve our lives?
I grew up and got Typhoid
Admitted to a hospital for a week
I learnt how most nurses
Hail from Kerala.
Also, I kept this as a reminder
That our rivers are polluted,
Our groundwater is polluted,
And our ponds are gone.
Intoxicated with smoke and leaves
Driving a bike and met an accident
Just before reaching National Highway.
Escaped death from my high-way
And learnt that carelessness is not fun
Nor is thoughtlessness.
(Never (drink/smoke) and drive.)
Sitting in backseat of a big car
Leaving for an exciting trip
Witnessed a road accident
And the driver raced the car
In fear and trepidation
Coming face to face with
A speeding truck
Coming in wrong direction.