Peyton Proved his Excellence in his Shortcut Life
Peyton, a thirteen year old boy
Looks on, pose for a photo;
He’s in for a test with sound health
Going to rejoin school
After long break for crucial treatment
And awesome wait
After the heart transplant;
He looks like a young man of thirty
Peyton, a boy from Ohio near Cincinnati;
Pure in heart, courageous and innocent,
Enters the waiting car for school
And at this all take heart.
But in about two hours
A fresh bud droops lifeless
In spite of all medical aids!
Suffering from birth
Without ever tasting good health really
Without reaching the school afresh
Peyton leaves the earth ever unready!
Born with a heart impaired
He had undergone many surgeries
Remained always under medication
Yet never losing his heart,
He was titled “Warrior Heart!”
In spite of steering life in alert
He always remained joyous
In spite of huge health hazards
Over the years;
He often cracked jokes and played
If not in a hospital or sick-bed then.
Dying he didn’t die till Derek de facto died in accident
.To donate his heart as arranged by his parents
After his death;
Derek relived with his heart;
Peyton’s heart lived while he was gone.
Was it not a great irony of fate
That when he seemed to regain health
His heart would sink
Denying the faith of the optimist?
Could the boy ever know in the heart of his hearts,
Refreshed as he was with a new heart
That the indwelling spirit would reject
The gift transplanted?
With a child’s innocence
He must have failed to guess
The severity of the design
Of the indwelling spirit.
Courage, patience, perseverance and joyousness
Which the boy had exhibited throughout his life
Proves that he was watched
And helped by some angel
Throughout his life’s journey.
An Indian would perceive it
The result of Karma of earlier lives
A short cut route to reach the goal
As for him the Divine designed.
Oh the jewel of a son divine designed!
Suffering yet enjoying life
You taught us how to suffer
And yet win over it.
Copyright © Aju Mukhopadhyay | Year Posted 2020
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