Vivek, do you remember our trip to the zoo?
You were four and your sister, just two.
You shook off my hand and ran away
It was hot and crowded, that summer day.
I was frantic, searching, looking everywhere,
Till I spotted you outside the cage of the bear.
Breathless, I picked you up, scolded and hugged,
But you were unconcerned and only shrugged.
“I was not losted, I knew where I was, you see, ”
“I came to see the big black bear! ” And you grinned triumphantly.
Now at college I see you’re surrounded
By unchained emotions, thoughts unbounded —
I hope your feet are so thoroughly grounded
That your dreams come true and the nightmares are unfounded.