By Saptarshi Bhattacharya
WALKING GRETCHUMS Ever seen a walking gretchum? 'The Scourge of a Good Night's Sleep' they are called. Exactly when you are tired of the day's din and bustle, Of trying to crawl up the ladders of your world, And all you want to do is lie down and start the new day afresh, Or when you are full and getting ready for your afternoon nap, They will climb your bed and whisper into your ears, All that which would have been better if you had not heard. To semi-suicidal teens, they sing songs to overcome acrophobia. To nine-to-five workers, they sing hymns of living the high life. To the eligible jobless, they play the clarion call to defiantly create their own worlds. To the old and wise, they sigh about counter culture blues, Saying, there's still time to be obscene if you haven't tried that in your youth. Whether they are good or bad is still up for debate though. However, that is mostly because they sealed the mouths of opposers with craft glue. Maybe that's why people call them crafty. Finally, a word of advice for all those who sleep with their ears open, If you see little horned creatures, with a little microphone and speaker in hand, trying to get inside your mosquito net, don't ignore them. The worst thing you can do is to leave them For they feed on human ignorance. The best thing to do is to call someone else to stare, Because the walking gretchums have one glaring weakness, They set themselves on fire when more than one pair of eyes simultaneously look at them.
Saptarshi Bhattacharya is a student at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India. He is an amateur writer and a die-hard Bob Dylan fan.
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