Wild Court

An international poetry journal based in the English Department of King’s College London

‘Delivery Boy’: a poem by Ali Ashhar

    Delivery Boy

The rain has started bucketing down.
As the delivery boy tries to find shelter
his cellphone starts buzzing constantly;
he picks it up with a heavy heart.
Subsequently, a flashback evokes within
as the raindrops touch him:
the departure of his father way before time.

He contemplates:
how could he be late in fulfilling his responsibilities?
A hungry mother anticipates his way.
He garners his day’s wage and buys food.

Upon his arrival
his mother asks
had he taken his dinner?
To which he replies with a
beautiful lie on his tongue
and true love in his heart
reminiscent of the fact that
his parents did the same
over the years—
and now it’s his turn.