Discovery of a mad traveller


I was walking alone on the winding path uphill

It was nearing sunset & the mist had intensified

Bells rang aloud in a distant monastery

I imbibed the eerie calm and stood stupefied

I recommenced walking after taking a moment or two

It was a long way to go, had no time for procrastinating

My destination was far off, and the journey wasn’t easy

But the decision was made, no point in self berating

As I climbed further and further

Coldness multiplied & darkness augmented

Some distant screeches of unknown birds came rolling to me

Some had frolic and some sounded tormented

I knew I was nearing where I desired to reach

It was pitch dark by then, some stars were twinkling

Moon was yet to unleash its irrefutable glory

The night would be indelible was my weird inkling

Then the full moon appeared as majestic

Lighted up the mountain and me

At a distance I could see the ramshackle temple

It was exactly how I imagined it to be

The old man in the monastery that day

Had narrated a tale of beguiling beauty

He stated that the vista from the temple was to die for

When the moon is full and the night is sooty

The extravagant explorer in me

Urged me to travel the un-traversed lane

When I reached the magical remains that night

What I beheld was divine and insane

The mountains bathed in the silvery silhouette

Like a fairy in the magical fountain

The enchantress that I discovered that night

Was an improbable charm of the mystical mountain

The greatest treasures are seldom to locate

We need to cry, we need to fight

But the fruits of toil are the sweetest of all

That’s what I realised on that serendipitous night

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