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The housekeeper

The housekeeper 
I don’t know how old he is
But he should have
Retired
A long time back
————–
He’s there in the mornings
Six days a week
Carrying the putrid remains 
Of other people’s feasting
—————
There’s unwanted parts
Of Vegetable 
Fruit peels too
Discarded meals
And worse
——————
Sanitary pads
Diapers
Of babies and adults
Loads of plastic
Packaging
It’s all part
Of the job
————–
Recyclable things
To be separated
And given
But if they don’t
He has to
Put them apart
The smelly stuff
In the green bins
Thank God
They give him
Gloves
But all are
Not so fortunate
—————

There’s a lift
But he cannot
Share
With the others
More fortunate than him
Or they may
Suffocate
In
The stink
Of their own garbage
—————-
The bins laid down
In neat rows
The organic composted
The recyclables loaded
On the municipal trucks
But still his work 
Is not done
—————
The compound
Swept
The lobbies too
The lifts cleaned
With perfumed Spray
Now it’s time 
For rest
————-
He now goes
To kind people’s
Houses
To collect leftovers
————–
Some fresh
Some stale
That might give him
A bad stomach
—————
He takes it all
And shares it
—————-
As in of old
They break the bread
————-
He’s finally gone
He’s retired
Comes once in a while
To visit my maid
Who gave him money
For the pao
When we had
Leftover
Chicken curry
————–
I miss him so
But
Is that because
The new guy
Won’t take 
My leftover 
Chicken curry?

————–
My conscious pricks
When the leftovers
Are eaten
By my dustbin

—————–
Oh how good and kind
I used to feel
When he would 
Take with grace
My stale leftover 
Chicken curry 

By Jyothsna DSouza

I’m at home
With my children
With plenty of time
To read, teach, and muse

I believe if you have
The capacity
To do good
And others
They confirm
It is good
If it’s important
For many,
Not one
One must persist
To the end,
Till all one’s
Resources
Are exhausted

Man lives on hope

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