SURESH RAMPHUL

Not so long ago

An old woman

Arrived in a village

She didn’t know too well.

She met a fruit-seller

By the roadside

And asked

If the social security office

Was still a long way ahead.

The man replied

It would be fifteen minutes

Not more.

She took a long sigh.

She seemed tired, anxious,

And distressed.

“Oh! My God!” she grumbled.

“It’s such a long way to go.”

 

Some hours later

The old woman returned

Met the fruit-seller

And thanked him.

“Was it a long way?”

He asked.

The woman smiled.

She seemed cheerful.

Her work had been done.

And she appeared satisfied.

“No, not at all,” she replied

Good-humouredly

“The journey back was short

In fact.”