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I saw a man walking tall


The riches galore


He had it all


That proudly gait


As if he’ll never fall


I met him in a tavern


And there was he


Surrounded by damsels


Amid pomp and glee


He called for drinks


And I was offered one


Salud! He said


Let there be some fun


There’s no land


Where he hasn’t been


No sight he said


That he haven’t seen


Life is short he said


You gotta win


So much to have


So many to swing


The crowd cheered


The damsels swooned


Champagne on ice


For everyone in the room


The waiters poured on


The spirits soared on


A drink spilled


Over Thee


Everyone startled


And mad was He


A chaperone faltered


Had spilled the drink


The whole party saw


How that raised a stink


Grabbing by collar


He punched the culprit


Blood flew freely


Yet He gave a shit


You spoiled my Armani


Shouted He


Hammering the guilty


Painful it be


Mercy! I begged


And the cries faded out


Oblivious He continued


So was the justice meted out


He kept hitting


Till he couldn’t hit anymore


He wins no matter what


Now that’s for sure


Not a whiff, not a sound


The poor guy laid battered


And I saw, the mighty fall


How His grandeur had shattered


Silence can have the loudest noise


Pride comes always without poise


Riches don’t always warranty class


Diamonds can’t suffice for the glass


I say, days are short


Life is long


So much to learn


Before you’re gone


Now, I see a man walking tall


The riches galore


But that’s not all


Pride comes always


Before the fall…


– Pushpender Rathee

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