Time pass
S. Nihal Singh

In the autumn of life,
one should retire
to the forest
or the wilderness.

Rid oneself
of everyday worries
and think of
the afterlife.

So said the sages.
Some strive
to attain
the ideal.

For most,
it is ‘time pass’,
whose virtues
they proudly proclaim.

Having worked in a
trade or profession
all their lives,
they are empty within.

They cultivated
no abiding interest
outside work or play.
Time hangs heavy.

Their lives of boredom
are punctuated
with ‘time pass’,
a brand of biscuits.