A Man with a Kind Heart

Poet – Tenzin Khando

Last night, I was wiping dust away from my balcony floor.
Reached up for those dusty railings,
And just when I started cleaning them,
I saw a man with a stray dog down in my gali.

A dog I know, a dog who is sick.
A dog with many bites on his body,
Rotten skin spots and hair fall.
He was once attacked by other dogs, some days ago.

I heard him mourn, I saw him sit on my doormat.
He smelled awful, he is filthy.
I sent him away…out of my sight.
I didn’t want to be infected.

One evening I went out to balcony,
He was there down in my gali.
I called him, idk his name, maybe he has no name.
I fed him my left over meal, by throwing them from my balcony down on him.

Last night he was with a man.
A man I didn’t know, but wanted to know.
The man was medicating the dog.
He had no gloves and no mask on.

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One of his hand were rolled around the dog’s body,
As if making the dog feel comfortable.
And one of his hand was treating the rotten body.
All the time I was looking down on them.

The man had prepared food for the dog.
He watched the dog finish his meal calmly.
He set the dog free, unchained.
No one but I noticed everything.

That man vanished at some point, out of my sight.
He was an ordinary man, with an ordinary heart.
My body chilled…
I was then left to wonder…

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