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January 26, 2009

At the end of the road…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Saad Sarfraz Sheikh @ 6:30 pm
At the end of the road

At the end of the road…, originally uploaded by Saad Sarfraz Sheikh.

Muhammad Hussein silently mumbled through the cracked glasses that sat on his nose…

His words fell into the empty spaces of the book of his life, creating a vivid scratch across a surface that never qauked…

His life was ‘ful’ of everything, regret-ful yet hope-ful… Remorse-ful yet thank-ful… tear-ful yet… Forget-ful yet … Frigh-ful yet

His every sentence began like his life, abrupt yet conclusive, punctuated by harsh hesitations, gramatically embraced by vague semantics… Every excuse was a lexical formation, made up to make a man out of him…

Fortified by seven bricks that changed formation to be a bed, a dining table, a pillow and an eventual shelter… His Stonehenge had no historical importance, nor did his life… He was one of the forgotten few…

Ancient diesel trickled down his face as the tractor-trolley under which he lived since the last twelve years spilled its many bounties on him…

Decades ago, he, along with a handful of others, dreamt of a homeland he could call his own, a land he could walk upon, a sky he could live under, his very own stars and Sun…

His innocent dream metamorphosed into an eternal nightmare, plagued by feudals who wanted to own more than the land itself, its very people…

Muhammad Hussein’s life fell like a set of bricks into where he lay… His seven bricks of life…

[This is not a work of fiction, it is actually the story of this old man who lives under the tractor trolley]

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