Outsider

by Ahmad Gul

Every now and then

Torturous frost

The sun

Running away, hiding the face

Temperature

Below freezing level

Fireplace

The only solace

Initially

Fuelled with wood

Later with coal

And then the eternal inventor

Man

Created the electric heater

Clean, decent

And a step forward

Later the gas heater

Then radiators

Covered the walls

My companion

The fireplace

Changed with time

Firewood

Coal

Gas

Became irrelevant

Obsolete

The new generation

Unaware

Of the grandeur of fireplace

A gradual metamorphosis

The oddities go out

Like me

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