Floating on the wings of dreams
I saw a vision
‘Santa…! How come you’re here?
Everyone’s waiting for you!
Each for his share of happiness
Go shower your goodies on them.’
He laughed his jingling laugh
Laced with melancholy though
‘I am old, tired, exhausted.
Oh! How I wish
To pass on this baton
To someone who could dole out
Jollity, merriment and goodness!
Why not you!’
How can I…?’
‘Yes you can!’
And he vanished riding on his sleigh.
In the morning
A red cap on my pillow smiled at me.
And putting the cap on
I went out to fulfill my promise
And I saw..
Everyone wearing the same cap!
Santa gave the world his cap
To be the Santa – the harbinger of happiness!
Let’s hope we become worthy of the gift and the promise!
Narinder Jit Kaur is a retired Associate Professor from Patiala,who taught English Literature for 31 Years in various Government Colleges of Punjab. A writer and a translator, she has five books of translations, from Punjabi to English, to her credit Including Voices In The Back Courtyard(Rupa & Co.) -An Anthology Of Short-Stories By Punjabi Women Writers. She writes articles, poems and short-stories in English, Punjabi and Hindi. You can read more from her on narinderjit.com