The Ones I Need
Neeraj Shinde Tuesday, November 29, 2005 PhilosophicalAfter the day’s work I go to bed. Think of all that has happened, all that is yet to happen, of all the people I know so far, of all the people who are today far off, of all the things that belong to me, of all the moments I enjoyed and wish if they could come back again, of all the dreams I behold in my eyes, of all the things that happened I never dreamt of and of all the things that really matter when I am alone. It is late in the night and its time I need to revive myself to face the challenges that are awaiting me tomorrow. Just as mysterious as the darkness prevailing in my room. I have lots of things to see, lot many of battles to be won. I see the moon behind the palm tree outside my window and slowly start closing my eyes. But the moonlight falls directly on my face. I then open my eyes and start staring at the moon. He seems so royal, so beautiful, and so happy.
“I feel so lonely here, Neeraj!” he talks to me. I give him a smile. Never expecting such a beautiful thing to say this. Now I start looking at him fondly.
“Why do you think so, buddy?” I ask him “You are the ruler of the sky at night. The sky is yours, the stars are yours. You can’t be lonely!”
I get up from my bed now. And go to the balcony. From there I could get a majestic view of the night. A faint fragrance of the moist soil enchants me. Every thing is so still. No leaf has even a slightest move. Seems like time has paused for this conversation.
“No!” the moon speaks in a soft voice. “It’s very lonely here at the top. The sky is so big and I am very far off from my stars. There are so many strangers around me but the ones I love, the ones I need are really far off. I am unhappy, I am so lonely!”
I come back to my bed. Unhappier than before. I start seeing the moon again. But this time he seems so unhappy, so paltry! I close my eyes and start thinking. Now I think of me. Only me! How lonely I am on this planet. There are lots of people around me. Strangers! Or the so called friends. But the ones I love, the ones I need are so far off.