March 20, 2008

30 seconds

30 seconds…
what can one do in 30 seconds?
I think, as I wait for the red to turn to green

30 seconds...
I read a hoarding
Look around
The man picking his nose
Tabebuias in bloom…lovely!
A cop writing in a small notepad
The man still picking his nose
5….4…3…2…1
I step on the accelerator

30 seconds
the microwave comes to life
she heads for the nearest mirror
checks her hair
quite pleased
the door bell rings…ding dong
he’s here!…her heart misses a beat
beep…beep…beep, the microwave.

Thermometer in mouth
Eyes on the clock…
For two times 30 seconds
Impatience
It could be an hour before it is
30 seconds…

30 seconds
is what they say it took
for his car to crash
as he drove down the highway
29 seconds of intense concentration
and that second when his mind
drifted
the 30th...

10 years of dreaming
9 months of anticipation
many nights of sleepless anxiety
hours of pushing…
in 30 seconds
she’s out…a bundle of joy
Life.

4 comments:

dharmabum said...

thats a nice one!

btw - thsi is entirely out of context - do you read the teacher plus magazine? i saw a letter, to the editor, from someone with your name, spelt in the exact same way, surname included, and it was from hyderabad too :)

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Thanks, Dharmabum.

Yes, that's me, in Teacher Plus. I write for them sometimes. The mag is run by friends of mine. I was actually talking to them about the things I said in my letter, and they wanted me to write, instead...

I haven't yet seen this issue.

dharmabum said...

super, so it was you!!!

what do you do? i mean, since u seem to be taking interest in teacher plus? we're in education too...

Sadhana Ramchander said...

I am an editor/writer...the Teacher Plus team are friends, and I write for them sometimes,about this and that, and stuff that I infer from the gardening class I take for a group of children in the school my children go to. You in education?
Write to me: sadhana_bluepencil@yahoo.com